What can be done about night terrors

What can be done about Night Terrors?

Night terrors can be very stressful and frightening. When a child has a night terror he/ she is so deep into the dream, he cannot hear the person trying to wake him, even though the child may look at you and seem to be awake. Often a child may cry out, ask for help, thrash, kick, and scream — but cannot be comforted.

  • Make your child’s room safe to try to prevent him from being injured during an episode.
  • Eliminate all sources of sleep disturbance, such as caffeine, sugar, and high-energy activities before bed.
  • Maintain a consistent bedtime routine and wake-up time.

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to help your child during the actual episode except to make sure he is safe. Just take comfort in the fact that the night terror is short-lived.




If your child has night terrors, you can try to interrupt his/her sleep in order to prevent one. Here is how to do it:

  • First, note how many minutes the night terror occurs from your child’s bedtime.
  • Then, awaken your child 15 minutes before the expected night terror, and keep her awake and out of bed for five minutes. You may want to take your child to the bathroom to see if he/ she will urinate.
  • Continue this routine for a week.

Have you had any experience with night terrors? What helped?

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4 comments

  1. I feel so sorry for the kiddies that experiences this as this can be very frightening to the child and parents

  2. i have no experiance with night terrors but for those small little babies/kids i think its terrible shame at least there are ways to help make it better and deal with it…i cant imagine what it must feel like for those kiddies having night terrors.

  3. Reatlegile Leeuw

    i feel sorry for kids this so traumatizing for them

  4. My son used to have those kind of terror only when he watches the animal planet like snake and crocodile he was just hearing a little cry of my boy so when i wake up i see its just an bad dream

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