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What is a night terror?

August 1, 2013
By Sue Junge , Times-Republican

The first time my daughter had a "night terror" I was terrified. We had just seen the movie "The Exorcist" and to say the least, it scared my husband and I terribly. Of course it was just a movie, but when you experience your child waking in the middle of the night screaming uncontrollably and you can't comfort them; nor do they wake up even though their eyes are open, then suddenly stop and go back to sleep, you start to imagine all kinds of weird things. She was pretty young when she started having these, probably only about 2 years old, but none the less, for a parent, they were very scary. I said something to my doctor about it and he told me it is just something that a number of children experience and not to worry, she will grow out of it. He called it a "night terror" and said it was quite common in many children. Well, over the years I have done some investigating and recently found this information on Hopefully this will ease some worries for parents whose children experience this. But remember, if a child continues waking and screaming during the night, you should check with your doctor.



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