When Children Have Night Terrors

Night terrors are common in young kids. This is what causes them, and how to help your child.

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Dealing with your kid when they have a nightmare may feel like a nightmare for you parents. Unfortunately, it is very common for little ones to have them, especially in the preschool years. Here's how to help them cope. If your child has one and is upset, you can tell her to imagine a different ending to the nightmare. Have her draw a picture of the nightmare, and then crumple it up and throw it away. Also, let your little one sleep with a favorite stuffed animal, pet, or blanket. And consider putting a nightlight in the room to help her feel safe. Unlike nightmares, a night terror might make your child scream and sleepwalk. It's hard to calm a child mid-night terror, so just keep her safe in her bedroom until it's over Luckily, these scary episodes, which usually occur between the ages of 4 and twelve, aren't common. If they do happen, chances are it's a one or two time thing. The cause of night terrors is unknown, but stress or over-tiredness may contribute. Remember, the secret to a good night's sleep for your little one starts with sticking to a regular bedtime routine. Sweet dreams. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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