Thankfully when a child has a night terror they are unable to recall it happened when they wake up shortly after or the next morning. It can however be distressing for a parent to watch their child go through them. They are most common in children between the ages of 3 and 5 but for some they can still continue until 12. Children should generally grow out of them but it is something we don’t want to see our children go through.
A typical night terror can occur within 1.5 hours of the child going to sleep. The child will wake with a loud scream and can appear panic stricken with their arms and legs thrashing around. Their heartbeat can be increased and their breathing is rapid, they can feel hot to touch and may well be sweating. If they open their eyes they might have a glassy stare and they may not recognise you and can appear unresponsive. The night terror can last anywhere between a few minutes to half an hour.
Night terrors are usually frequent, reoccurring and occur in approximately 1 to 6% of children. Anything can cause children to have night terrors and some of the reasons that might set them off could be something that may have upset them during the day, a stressful or traumatic experience, medication they may be taking or a bad fever that the child might have.
A night terror will pass and the child will be none the wiser but sometimes they wake up and can be afraid and then they will seek out a parent or guardian. They may develop fears of going to sleep and become clingy.
Did you know that homeopathy can help children experiencing night terrors and problems sleeping. I recently treated a little girl who was going through just this. They started when her parents had to go away for a couple of days. Prior to this she had always been fine. A homeopathic remedy soon helped her and she is now doing fine.
If you are concerned about your child’s sleeping patterns or night terrors please feel free to give me a call. I offer a free no obligation 15 minute chat.