Why is it that my 3 yr old daughter, sometimes wakes up screaming
Night terror also known as pavor nocturuns is one among various sleep disorders prevalent in children ages 3 to 12. Night terror usually occurs at the midnight when the child is in the deep sleep. It increases the emotional level of the child and he or she feels terror or fear during sleep. The children who undergo this sleep terror are mostly confused; half slept and fail to recognize the people around them. The sleep disorder brings the sense of terror and helplessness that makes the child go violent and scream for a help. In the babies the problem is usually overlooked as for them it is normal to wake up, scream and cry at the midnight. Although, these symptoms are frightening to the child as well as to the parents, they are not something to fear about.
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