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How common are night terrors?

Night terrors mainly affect children age 3-7--especially boys between 5 and 7 years old--and much less common after that.

Children usually outgrow their night terrors without treatment. However, a small number of people do experience night terrors as adults.

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What increases my risk for night terrors?
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Children are at a higher risk for night terrors than adults are, though anyone can experience them. ...
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How should I talk to my child's school about their night terrors?
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Generally, night terrors are not serious for children. However, if your child's sleep is suffering d...
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Can night terrors be prevented?
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There is no sure way to prevent night terrors. Typically, they occur in childhood and are outgro...
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Do night terrors affect children differently than adults?
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