Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Natalie | 2010-04-23

Q.

night terrors

i have a 4yr old boy who suffers from night terrors. i''''ve been to psychologists and psychiatrists, and one prescribed eglonyl to try and ease the anxiety, but he''''s still not sleeping. he wakes +/- 4 - 6 times a night screaming and crying and sometimes bashing himself against the bed. i''''ve tried moving him back to my bed, to see if it will make a difference, but it hasn''''t. we are both exhuasted ALL the time, and not getting rest at night.
what can i do to help him, because my heart breaks to see him go through this all the time.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Night terrors are a common sleep disorder [it is a form of a definite sleep disorder] in the 2 to 6 year old age group. Unlike with nightmares your son will not recall his night terror when he wakes up in the morning.He will outgrow these night terrors. There are a few things that you can do when he starts with the night terror which usually happens in the first part of the night, but medication is not needed and will only cause adverse side effects.
Go to this website for information http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/sleep/a/night_terrors.htm

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Posted by: L Botha | 2010-05-20

Hallo. My son is 12 years old and also suffers from night terrors. He wakes up crying and very upset. This worries me and I don''t know what it can be. Our family is loving and peaceful. He plays rugby and does well in school. Please help.

Reply to L Botha
Posted by: Sabeenah | 2010-05-18

The little child is only 4! Children pick up a lot of stories on the radio or on TV or from adult conversation and that increases axiety which sometimes releases when they sleep. There is nothing wrong with your child. You should just go through this phase with him without making it too much of an issue. Take turns to sleep next to him in his room and when he starts fretting just hold him and comfort him. This phase will be gone soon. DOnt worry too much. As the other comment suggested, you can also get the EEG tests just to be sure even though I dont think thats what it is.

As for prayer: prayer is good but should not only be in bad times. Pray in your good times and pray in the bad. Pray while you walk during the day pray in bed. Pray when things are ok in your marriage, pray when they are bad. You can always pray at any time. Pray for your country and it leaders. Pray for the wealthy and pray for the poor. Its a bad ider to try and be a friend with God only when things are not good.

Reply to Sabeenah
Posted by: nadia | 2010-05-04

natalie, pray for your child and pray with him before he goes to sleep.

Reply to nadia
Posted by: Shelby | 2010-04-24

Hi Natalie,

I also thought my son was having nightmares, only to find out that he had epilepsy. Some forms of epilepsy only occur at night. I took him to the Paediatric Neurologist and he did an EEG and found that there is indeed epilepsy. Try this option.

Good luck, hope you can get some rest.

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