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What Fathers Can Do

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 24-01-2007

Because night terrors eventually subside and leave no trace of neurological damage, for many parents and experts treating the disorder becomes a waiting game.


Often, the most effective way to prevent night terrors is to limit a child’s stressors. Pediatricians may recommend chronicling nighttime events in a sleep diary and linking night terrors with troublesome daily events.


Children who have nightly occurrences for one month or more or who have multiple episodes a night should be evaluated by both a pediatrician and a sleep disorder clinic, says Dr. Tedeschi.


Other remedies to prevent night terrors can include:

  • Changing bath time from evening to morning – because it reduces the amount of bedtime stimulation

  • Gently stroking a child’s skin with a soft brush to relax and comfort before bed

  • Using a few drops of an essential oil like lavender on a cotton ball near the child’s bed also has been known to bring calmer sleep