Children often wake up upset after having a bad dream or nightmare. In general, they can be settled and soothed and will go off back to sleep again. With night terrors it’s very different. Night terror is a very big term for what is essentially a type of bad dream. The child will cry out and will be visibly distressed but is still sound asleep. They may shout out for you but can’t sense your presence or be comforted by you, making it difficult to sooth and reassure your child. They will return to sleep after a period of between 1–30 minutes but will not usually remember the details in the morning (although you will!)
Cherished Baby and Child gives you the information you’ll need to help you and your child manage night terrors. We explain how we successfully treat children who have night terrors.
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