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What happens when a child has night terrors?

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The typical night terror episode usually begins approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. The child sits up in bed and screams, and seems awake but is confused, disoriented, and doesn't respond to you and usually does not talk. The child may thrash around in bed, too. Most episodes last a couple of minutes, but they may last up to 30 minutes before the child relaxes and returns to normal sleep.

If the child wakes up during a night terror, he or she may only recall small pieces of the episode. Usually, the child doesn't remember it in the morning.

From: Night Terrors WebMD Medical Reference

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Night Terrors from eMedicineHealth. KidsHealth.org.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 15, 2017

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Night Terrors from eMedicineHealth. KidsHealth.org.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 15, 2017

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