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Night Terrors (cont.)

Home Remedies for Night Terrors

Parents might take the following precautions at home:

  • Make the child's room safe to try to prevent the child from being injured during an episode.
  • Eliminate all sources of sleep disturbance.
  • Maintain a consistent bedtime routine and wake-up time.

Medical Treatment for Night Terrors

Unfortunately, no adequate treatment exists for night terrors. Management primarily consists of educating the family about the disorder and reassuring them that the episodes are not harmful.

In severe cases in which daily activities (for example, school performance or peer or family relations) are affected, tricyclic antidepressants (such as imipramine) may be used as a temporary treatment.

However, these are rarely indicated for night terrors because they do not provide long-term help for the child, they may be used as a temporary treatment. Tricyclic antidepressants are usually only prescribed for severe symptoms in which the child's waking behavior (for example, school performance or peer or family relations) is affected.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2015
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