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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Good suggestions


Thanks for the suggestions. Putting my son to bed earlier was not something I had thought of before.

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JadaKiss 11/24/2015

My daughter is 1 years old and I never really had a problem with keeping her sleep throughout the night, but reading this article was still useful information for the future.


krista 11/19/2015

My 2.5year old son suffers from these on a normal basis. This article was help in giving me some new ideas and feel better that it is normal for his age.

Sleep apnea


My son had this issue a lot after being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea...a toncilectomy seemed to be the answer though, and have since subsided


Shilpa 11/7/2015

Doesn't happen much but still helpful

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