Health Tip: What is a Night Terror?12/30/11
(HealthDay News) -- A night terror may cause a child to wake up
sweating and screaming, and parents might think their child is
having a "super" nightmare.
But a night terror is different from a nightmare, the Nemours
Foundation says. It occurs while the child is in a deep sleep, and
the child usually has no recollection of what caused the sudden
outbreak of fear.
Night terrors are rare, affecting only 3 percent to 6 percent of
children, the foundation says. It says common triggers of night
- Having a family member who had night terrors.
- Having an immature central nervous system.
- Being stressed out or over-tired.
- Having a change in sleep environment, such as when spending the
night away from home.
- Being on a new medication.
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