If your child suffers from night terrors, it can be stressful and frightening for you, as well. Night terrors are scary life-like dreams from which it is very hard to wake. Often a child may cry out, ask for help, thrash, kick, and scream -- but cannot be comforted. Because he is so deep into the dream, he cannot hear the person trying to wake him, even though the child may look at you and seem to be awake.
The cause of night terrors isn't known. About 10% of children have them as a result of undergoing anesthesia for surgery. The terrors may last a couple of weeks after surgery.
By Jana Kaplan
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