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A child who is having a
night terror is stuck halfway between being asleep and
awake. They are awake enough to get out of bed, talk or scream
and have their eyes open; but they are asleep in that they do not
respond to a parent trying to console them. They usually do not
remember the episode in the morning.
Night terrors are different
to nightmares. Nightmares are scary dreams that usually happen
in the second half of the night because that is when a child has
most of their dream sleep. During a nightmare, a child wakes up
fully and can remember the frightening dream. Children can be
settled by a parent and remember the waking in the
Your child may need to see a doctor if:
consultation with the Melbourne Children's
Sleep Unit, Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). Many thanks to the
parents who helped with this factsheet. First published:
2005. Updated November 2010.
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