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Night Terrors in Children

All parents have comforted their child after the occasional nightmare. But if your child has ever experienced what's known as a night terror (or sleep terror), his or her fear was likely inconsolable, no matter what you tried. A child experiencing a night terror will wake in a lucid state of panic and be irrationally terrified for several minutes. Causes seem to vary as much as the child's actions during a terror episode, but doctors have determined that night terrors themselves are not a danger to children. Please share your experiences about your child's night terrors.

How old is your child who is experiencing night terrors?

0% (0) 0 to 3
4% (1) 4
0% (0) 5
0% (0) 6
14% (3) 7
9% (2) 8
19% (4) 9
9% (2) 10
0% (0) 11
4% (1) 12
9% (2) 13
0% (0) 14
4% (1) 15
19% (4) 16
0% (0) 17
4% (1) 18+

21 voters have answered this question.

What is the child's gender?

57% (12) Male
42% (9) Female

21 voters have answered this question.

How often do they experience night terrors?

38% (8) Almost nightly
14% (3) A few nights a week
19% (4) Once a week
23% (5) Once biweelky
4% (1) Once monthly
0% (0) Once every two or three months
0% (0) Once every six months
0% (0) Once ever year
0% (0) Less than once a year

21 voters have answered this question.

What is involved in their terror episodes?

61% (13) Screaming
38% (8) Murmering
33% (7) Repeating themselves
71% (15) Shaking or trembling
52% (11) Sweating or a fever
0% (0) Vomiting
71% (15) Urination
23% (5) Defecation
28% (6) Thrashing around
52% (11) Sitting up in bed
23% (5) Running or fleeing
66% (14) Crying
4% (1) Other

21 voters have answered this question.

How long do these episodes usually last?

20% (4) <5 minutes
55% (11) 5 to 15 minutes
15% (3) 15 to 30 minutes
10% (2) Up to an hour
0% (0) Longer than an hour

20 voters have answered this question.

After an episode what does your child do?

28% (6) Remain lucid and go right back to sleep
19% (4) Remain lucid but awake enough to walk around
28% (6) Fully wake up and calm down
23% (5) Fully wake up but be very worked up and unable to sleep right away
0% (0) Other

21 voters have answered this question.

Is your child responsive during these episodes?

33% (7) They don't seem to know I'm there
42% (9) They somewhat register I am there
4% (1) They know I'm there and answer me
19% (4) It varies
0% (0) Other

21 voters have answered this question.

Do they ever remember being in that lucid state of terror?

20% (4) Yes, most times
55% (11) Sometimes
25% (5) Never

20 voters have answered this question.

Many Children experience other sleep disorders that may or may not cause or be caused by night terrors. Which of the following does your child also suffer from?

5% (1) Bruxism (Grinding or gritting teeth during sleep)
35% (7) Sleepwalking
85% (17) Bedwetting
45% (9) Frequent nightmares or vivid dreaming
30% (6) Frequent tossing and turning, kicking, rolling, or falling out of bed
0% (0) Sleep apnea
0% (0) Other

20 voters have answered this question.

If your child suffers from bruxism during sleep, what is done to deal with it?

33% (2) Nothing
16% (1) They wear a mouth guard
16% (1) Medication
0% (0) Destressing exercises before bed
0% (0) Avoiding certain foods
16% (1) Special pillow placement to maintain a better posture during sleep
16% (1) Other

6 voters have answered this question.

If your child sleepwalks, what is involved in a sleepwalking episode?

27% (3) Talking
45% (5) Searching for the toilet
18% (2) The child tries to get outside
36% (4) The child fiddles with objects
45% (5) The child stands and stares off into space
9% (1) The child undresses or changes clothes
0% (0) Running
18% (2) Other

11 voters have answered this question.

How do you prevent or deal with a sleepwalking episode?

41% (5) Monitor the child so they don't hurt themselves
8% (1) Wake the child
25% (3) Leave the child asleep
58% (7) Guide them to their bed
33% (4) Ensure doors to outside are locked
0% (0) Lock their bedroom door
41% (5) Guide them or help them to the toilet
25% (3) Restrain them to their bed
50% (6) Carry them back to bed
58% (7) Dress them if they've wet themselves
0% (0) Other

12 voters have answered this question.

If they bedwet, is it generally only when experiencing a night terror?

20% (4) Yes
80% (16) No

20 voters have answered this question.

If they bedwet, what is done to deal with it?

55% (11) Rubber or plastic sheets on their bed.
40% (8) A mattress pad on top of their sheets
20% (4) Get them up in the night to pee
10% (2) A bedwetting alarm
30% (6) A cloth diaper or training pants is worn
35% (7) Pull-ups of some variety are worn
15% (3) The child puts a fastenable diaper on
50% (10) You dress them in a diaper
35% (7) They wear vinyl or plastic pants
15% (3) A towel is laid on their bed
25% (5) Fluids are limited before bed
5% (1) Medication
5% (1) Nothing
5% (1) Other

20 voters have answered this question.

If they've wet themselves during a night terror, what do you do to clean them up?

20% (4) Bath them
5% (1) Have the bath themselves
10% (2) Dress them as they are still lucid are back asleep
25% (5) Help them change clothes
40% (8) Change their sheets
10% (2) Leave the bed wet
15% (3) Leave the child in wet clothes or diaper/pull-ups/etc.
0% (0) Strip off their wet clothes and let them sleep naked
25% (5) Let them sleep with you
35% (7) Change their pull-ups
55% (11) Change their diaper
20% (4) Dress them in a diaper/pull-ups even if they don't wear that to bed, so as to prevent further accidents
5% (1) Nothing
5% (1) Other

20 voters have answered this question.

If they have frequent nightmares, what is done to deal with it?

44% (8) Calming exercises before bed
50% (9) Wake them if they are visibly having a nightmare
22% (4) Avoid frightening media
5% (1) Medication
0% (0) Avoid certain foods
50% (9) Sleep in your bed
50% (9) Night light
11% (2) Nothing
5% (1) Other

18 voters have answered this question.

If they constantly toss and turn in their sleep, what is done to deal with it?

64% (11) Rails on bed so they don't fall out
11% (2) Tucked in tightly so they can't move too much
23% (4) Child is woken if in a tossing fit
23% (4) Nothing
0% (0) Other

17 voters have answered this question.

If your child has sleep apnea, what symptoms do they show?

0% (0) Snoring
0% (0) Choking or gasping
40% (2) Headaches in the morning
20% (1) They stop breathing for short periods
20% (1) They wake from coughing, gasping, or snoring
20% (1) Other

5 voters have answered this question.

If your child has sleep apnea, what is done to deal with it?

25% (1) Nothing, it is not severe
25% (1) A breathing mask is worn
0% (0) They are going to be treated surgically
25% (1) Medication
0% (0) They are woken up if it gets too extreme
25% (1) Other

4 voters have answered this question.

Have night terrors affected the energy of your child?

68% (11) Yes
31% (5) No

16 voters have answered this question.

Is your child frightened of night terrors?

17% (3) Yes, they have trouble getting to sleep
23% (4) Yes, but they get to sleep just fine
29% (5) Yes, they are afraid of embarrassing themselves during an episode
5% (1) No, they don't remember them
23% (4) No, they don't seem to bother them
0% (0) Other

17 voters have answered this question.

Have night terrors prevented your child from going on sleepovers?

70% (12) Yes, they don't want to go on sleepovers
11% (2) Yes, but only because you would allow them to go for their own sake.
0% (0) No, they only have had night terrors at home
17% (3) No, they go anyways
0% (0) Other

17 voters have answered this question.

Do other family members have a history of night terrors?

22% (4) Other siblings
5% (1) Mother
16% (3) Father
0% (0) Aunt or Uncle
0% (0) Cousins
5% (1) Grandparents
50% (9) No, they are alone

18 voters have answered this question.

Have you consulted a professional about their night terrors?

92% (12) Doctor or Pediatrician
7% (1) Dentist
0% (0) Chiropractor
15% (2) Hypnotist
69% (9) Psychiatrist or Psycologist
7% (1) School councilor
0% (0) Other

13 voters have answered this question.

Have you determined a cause of your child's night terrors?

0% (0) Diet
0% (0) Certain activity
7% (1) Stress or anxiety
23% (3) Mental health issue
0% (0) Physical health issue
15% (2) Trauma or emotional health issue
0% (0) Allergies
0% (0) Response to medication
0% (0) Illness, such as a fever or flu
15% (2) Other
61% (8) Unknown or no apparent cause

13 voters have answered this question.

Any other comments? Would you describe your child's episodes and how they are dealt with?

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3 voters have answered this question.

Any suggestions for modifying or improving this poll?

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2 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2015-10-02 17:32:59 by Reitocs
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