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How to Help Your Child Through Night Terrors

How to Help Your Child Through Night Terrors

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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4/10/2016
Wasn't sure that what my child was going through until reading this. Thanks!

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4/7/2016
I have been worried about my son having night terrors...thanks for the advice!

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addienvivimom 4/5/2016
My 3-year-old has night terrors, and this advice from Pampers has proven to be extremely helpful!!!

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4/4/2016
I believe this is why m 2 yr old keeps waking up almost every night. then I will console her and she does go right back to bed. but she does cry like she is terrified.

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3/20/2016
My son has been having night terrors for awhile now. We'll try an earlier bedtime to see if it helps.