Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edie | 2013-01-14


Night Terrors/ Pins and needles

Dear Prof

Compliments of the season to you.

My almost 4 yr old has been waking up 2/3 hours after falling asleep with what I first assumed was night terrors, but now I''m not so sure. When he wakes (?) he is hysterical. He screams like I have never heard in my life and I''m sure our neighbours think we are mutilating him. But he also shakes his body and screams that the ''thingie'' is hurting him. The most I could get out of him is that is whole body is hurting. After calming down he falls asleep again. What I''m wondering is whether this is indeed night terrors (is he not too old by now) or could it be severe pins and needles and that is maybe why he is shaking his limbs? But it has not been a problem previously, so I''m not sure what to do here. Or could it be anything else entirely?

Also, I took him to his pulmonologist who said that we had to decide whether to take him for the cillia test, because he was very healthy and not showing any indication of infections etc. But that he was perfectly prepared for the test, because we took him out of school for such a long time. He said that he would be very surprised should the outcome be positive and if it was, it would be a very mild case of sick cillia.My problem was that the test was scheduled for end Jan (we couldn''t get anything earlier) and emotionally he takes very long to adjust to new circumstances, in this case a new school, new class etc. So, in light of what the doc said, we decided to not have the test done and took him to school last week. So, should this be another terrible year for him health wise, I''ll have to then redo the whole prep thing and take him for once and all. But for now, I''m putting the diagnoses " behind"  us and believe that he is going to be much better this year. I just wanted to let yo know.

Thanks for everything

Expert's Reply



Thank you. I completely agree with you about your son not having the cilia test. It is no longer necessary for this test.
Children can certainly still have night terrors at his age. His episodes appear to be very typical of night terrors. These episodes can be very disturbing for your child and your family, but the good news is that your son is unlikely to remember anything about his night terror in the morning. Also typically he falls asleep again once you calm him down which is the correct thing to do. Hopefully he will soon grow out of this stage.

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