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Night Terrors

What are Night Terrors?

Night terrors (also known as “sleep terrors”) are episodes of recurrent, sudden awakening from sleep that occur most frequently in children between the age of 4 and 12.(1) Night terrors often begin during the first third of a night’s sleep with the child suddenly screaming, panicking, or physically thrashing in bed. This can be quite scary and traumatic for parents and loved ones because the child will be unresponsive to efforts to comfort him/her during the episode. The child may even appear awake with eyes wide open, yet unresponsive when spoken to. Most frequently, the child will not be able to remember the dream that caused the night terror and nor recall that the episode happened once they’ve awakened.

Although these episodes can be very worrisome for parents, caretakers, and loved ones, they are generally considered benign and are not due to another medical problem.

Conventional Treatment

There is currently no conventional medical treatment for night terrors other than reassurance and education. They are considered a benign condition and parents are usually reassured that they will go away with time.

Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy is an incredibly safe and effective treatment used by physicians at Arizona Natural Health Center for children who suffer from recurrent night terrors, without harmful side effects.

Homeopathic medicines are made from natural substances and are prepared so that they are entirely non-toxic. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, regulates the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy improves health by gently promoting the body’s innate capacity to heal and restore balance.

There are several benefits to this type of treatment for children with night terrors:

  • Homeopathic remedies are easy to take and taste good, so most children like them, even very finicky eaters.
  • Because homeopathy is a holistic therapy, when we treat children with night terrors, we are also treating the whole body. If the child suffers from other problems such as chronic recurrent ear infections, allergies, digestive problems, behavioral problems, or other health concerns, these issues may also be helped by comprehensive homeopathic treatment.

Case Study: Night Terrors

Kristen was an active 7-year-old female with a wild streak. She would often fight with her mother and could even be violent, and she had an intense fear of the dark. Her mother became scared when Kristen started experiencing night terrors every night for two weeks, with screaming and thrashing in bed. During the night terror she would say things like “No don’t get me!” and would be crying with tears streaming down her cheeks. Her mother would try to console her, but she was completely unresponsive and unaware of her mother’s presence. Not only were the night terrors problematic for Kristen, but the whole family was losing sleep from being wakened nightly from these frightening episodes.

Kristen’s mother reported that the very first night after starting homeopathic treatment the night terrors stopped. She began to calmly sleep through the night. In addition, she also started to openly discuss some issues with her mother that were bothering her at school that she had been afraid to talk about for fear of getting in trouble. Her disobedient behaviors also quickly lessoned and she became less reactionary to her parent’s rules. She became happier and her mother stated “She’s back to being like herself again. It’s like she’s back to the happy child she used to be before these night terrors began”. Her fear of the dark also waned and is no longer a problem.