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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This article helps

2/13/2016

This article helps us to know we are doing the right thing. Night terrors took us by surprise at first. Our son has them for a few minutes now and then but we don't notice what may cause them.

Stressed Out

Britt 2/3/2016

With my daughter, I notice that she has night terrors more often when the household environment is stressed out. If my husband and I have been arguing, or one of us is irritated or worried, she picks up on it and sleeps restlessly. When things around the house are calm and energetically positive, she sleeps much better at night.

No more Nightmares

Ernesto's Mom 2/2/2016

I will try putting him to sleep 30 minutes earlier.

My daughter goes through this

2/2/2016

I feel so bad I don't know what to do. I will try to put her to sleep earlier and see what happens.

Oh no

1/24/2016

I hope I don't have to go thru these with my child they sound horrible n the poor children who have these..my heart goes out to them!

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