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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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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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What should I do if my child has night terrors?
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During a night terror, children will still be asleep, but they'll be frantic and screaming. What...
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Are there alternative treatments for night terrors?
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The success of any treatment you use will depend on if you are treating the cause of your night terr...
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How do night terrors affect the body?
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Night terrors happen when you are asleep, usually during the early stages of sleep. During a night t...
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