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Night Terrors (cont.)

Night Terrors Prognosis (Outlook)

Night terror episodes are short-lived and usually occur over several weeks. Nearly all children outgrow night terrors by adolescence.

Support Groups and Counseling for Night Terrors

Parents should be advised to examine the adequacy of the child's sleep. Parents should be educated about the importance of establishing a consistent bedtime routine and maintaining a consistent wake-up time.

Additionally, parents should be instructed to make the child's room a safe environment and to provide barriers that prevent the child from impulsively leaving the room and going into environments that could lead to injury. Potential sources of sleep disturbance should also be eliminated.

For More Information on Night Terrors

American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
(847) 434-4000
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
1 Westbrook Corporate Center
Suite 920
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 492-0930
National Sleep Foundation
1522 K Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-3471
National Center for Sleep Disorders Research
National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute
PO Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
(301) 251-1222

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


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