Sleep Medicine Specialist Questions Night Terrors

Child wakes up screaming every 40 minutes

My child is 3 years old and will not sleep more than 1 hour at a time. She wakes up approximately every 40 minutes and is crying. I am starting to think there is something wrong besides her just being a fussy kid. It seems like she physically can't fall into a deep sleep. Is this something a sleep medicine specialist would evaluate and if so, what would they do, or what could the problem be? I thought she would grow out of it, but it only seems to be getting worse. Please help!

2 Answers

There is more history needed to be able to determine the cause of your child's crying in sleep. I definitely would seek out a sleep specialist with a pediatric background if possible.

Dr. Gingras
It is almost a certainty that your daughter has Sleep Terrors. If so, usually a very small dose of clonazepam will suppress them after one or two nights. If this does not arrest the attacks, show this message to your pediatrician. Have him/her check your daughter for narrowing of the upper airway (at her age most likely enlarged tonsils or/and adenoids).

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Best wishes and good luck,
Dr. Roger

Roger Broughton MDCM,PhD,
FRCP(C), FAASM