How to Help Your Child Through Night Terrors

How to Help Your Child Through Night Terrors

Different from nightmares, night terrors can be a scary thing for everyone in the house. Use these tips to help console your little one when they strike.

As a parent, your first inclination is to protect your toddler from things that go bump in the night. Unlike nightmares or scary dreams, though, night terrors follow a different set of rules.
In most cases, your toddler might fall asleep without a problem but wake up terrified within two hours. While she appears to be awake and upset, you’ll notice that she remains unresponsive.
The most important thing to do when it comes to night terrors in toddlers is to do your best at calming your child. In the middle of a night terror, a toddler may be inconsolable, so your main job will be to keep the lights dim and speak softly. Reassure her that you are there and that you aren’t going to let her get hurt.
Most night terrors in toddlers last from 10 to 30 minutes, at which point your child will probably settle down, go back to sleep, and not remember the incident in the morning.
Remember that for some toddlers, night terrors are brought on when they are too tired (just another reason everyone in your family should embrace naps!).
It’s important to keep a regular sleep routine, especially in young children. If you have established a regular bedtime with your toddler and she continues to suffer from night terrors, try putting her to bed around 30 minutes earlier and see if that helps.
No matter what form the night terrors take, rest assured that they will naturally disappear with age. In no time, your toddler will be back to getting a full, restful night’s sleep.
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Night Terrors


I wonder what causes these?

Night terrors-good advice

Lyn 9/20/2015

Our little man has had sleep terrors since one month of age, he is now just over 2 years...the night terrors are getting less. It would have been nice to have this information when he was a month old.


Becky 9/15/2015

This is going to help a lot! It doesn't happen often, but when it does it is scary for all of us!

my 16 month old


I have 16 month old twin boys. They sleep in the same room, but different cribs. One of the boys will fall asleep no problem and sleep through the night, though he wakes up at 7:00 am every morning. The other child will fall asleep, but he has to have music playing all night, a night light by his crib, and his mobile turned on before I leave the room. He's up at least once a night, screaming. He does fall back asleep but, sometimes I have to go into his room to calm him down.

Good info

Mindy 9/11/2015

This was reassuring

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