Night terrors in children

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Information about night terrors and what parents can do about them.

Key points

  • Night terrors usually go away before adolescence.
  • During an episode, do not shake or wake your child. Instead, stay calm and wait it out.
  • To prevent injury, clean clutter and fix possible hazards around your child's bed and the home.
  • If your child's night terrors are associated with an underlying condition, your child may need additional treatment.
Last updated: June 8th 2011