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Night Terrors: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of night terrors?

  • Your child is agitated and restless but cannot be awakened or comforted.
  • Your child may sit up or run around.
  • Your child may scream or talk wildly.
  • Your child appears to be anxious, but doesn't mention any specific fears.
  • Your child doesn't appear to realize that you are there, although your child's eyes are open and staring.
  • The episodes begin 1 to 2 hours after going to sleep.
  • Your child may mistake objects or persons in the room for dangers.
  • The episodes last from 10 to 30 minutes.
  • Your child cannot remember the episode in the morning.