Just like adults, babies and kids experience night terrors too. Typically, a night terror is described as when your child gets very agitated while in the state of deep sleep. Night terrors in kids last for anywhere from 2 minutes to 10 minutes and begin with a cry or a scream. There’s no fixed pattern for the occurrence of night terrors, they can happen every single night in a particular week and go away for months on end.
If you feel helpless while your baby is suffering from night terrors, here’s a quick guide on everything about night terrors.
Generally, if your baby is experiencing night terrors they might appear to be in a state of panic, with a racing heart beat. There might be instances where your baby might start breathing fast and sweat copiously. Some babies have been known to have their eyes open while having a night terror and even crying in certain cases.
Remember, while your kid might seem distressed during a night terror episode, it doesn’t cause any actual harm or scare your children. It’s just like a nightmare you have in the night which you can’t remember the next morning.
What You Should Do
If your child is experiencing, here’s what you should (or shouldn’t do):
- Don’t wake up your child when they are thrashing about due to a night terror. A child having a night terror will be disorientated when you wake them up. If you leave them to sleep, the night terror will be over more quickly and your child won’t remember it ever happened the next morning.
- Unless your child is moving around very violently (which is never the case), don’t try to restrict their movement. Wait for the thrashing to stop automatically and it will once the night terror is over.
- Avoid stressing too much over your child’s continued night terrors. It’s something everyone goes through. All you can do is let the process happen naturally without interjecting too much, while also ensuring that your child is safe.
- If you feel that your kid isn’t sleeping as much as they should be, that could be the reason for their night terrors. Try and ensure that they get enough sleep and don’t stay up too late.
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