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Night terrors in children are intense,
unexpected crying and fear in children during sleep where it is difficult to wake
up or soothe the child. Children with night terrors may have increased
heart rate, breathing rate and profuse sweating. They do not recognize
their parents and are not easily comforted. The most significant
difference between a night mare and a night is that night terrors have a huge
impact on the parents who see it. A nightmare will scare the person, but
watching a night terror in a child who is in a deep sleep state can also be very
traumatizing to parents! Children in the middle of a night terror will
usually not be able to even recognize their parents or anyone trying to help
in children can be caused by hunger as well as pain. The pain can teething,
ear aches or digestive colic. Some children are
more sensitive types and are more prone to fear or anxiety which result in
night terrors. Night terrors in children can also be the result of
over excitement, excessive noise exposure or
something frightening to them, especially in a toddler or young child. Night
terrors can results from a child something inappropriate or violent on television
or observing violent behaviors to another person, including shouting or
hitting or even to animals.
terrors can also developed as a result of emotional trauma. I
treated a child with night terrors that developed and lasted for weeks, after
this sensitive preschool girl briefly saw the disfigured face of a burn victim,
at a mall. The parents could think of no other reason for this
extreme regression until we probed deeply into the case, then realized the cause.
Aconite Nightmares and anxious dreams. Sleeplessness and restlessness in bed. Startling in sleep,
long dreams. Feelings of anxiety
on the chest. Insomnia in seniors. Drowsiness, anxious thoughts and rapid respiration.
Aconite is associated with
fear of dying.
Arsenicum Disturbed, anxious, restless, agitated and tosses and
turns. Desires to have the head raised by pillows. Suffocating
fits during sleep. Sleeps with the hands over the head. Dreams
are fearful. Usually worse at or after
midnight to 1 am. Thirsty for sips of water. Children
are very demanding and will cry for their parents to come
Fever, dryness of the mouth, cold extremities and
hunger. Pulsation of the blood-vessels. Acute hearing keeps them awake. Comatose sleep at night, with frequent waking and convulsive
movements. Moaning and tossing back and forth in sleep. Sleeplessness
at night because of feelings of
great anguish or agitation. Dreams may be described as anxious, terrible,
frightful and vivid. Dreams of fires, robbers and assassins . Frightful
on closing the eyes
and jerking of the limbs. Belladonna is often used during childhood
Calcarea carbonica Very useful for a child who is prone to infections or allergies. If they
have a larger than normal head. The sweat easily especially on the head and
even while eating. Frequent colds, flu, ear infections,
sore throats or allergies
Calcarea carbonica is a very important
constitutional remedy for infants and
Intense reactions and screaming as if in pain. Sleeplessness at night
from teething, intense headaches or other pain. Attacks of anguish. Visions
and illusions involving sight and hearing. Startling
with fright during sleep, cries, tosses about, is tearful, talks, raves, groans
and snores. Constantly separates the thighs. Lively,
quarrelsome and vexatious dreams.
Chamomill is often indicated for
teething pain in children with difficulty
falling asleep. Children will demand things only to refuse them or throw
them away. They cry to be
picked up and carried, but this only helps for a short time.
Complete sleeplessness as if "wired on coffee". Constantly moving
and excited. Sleeps until 3 am and then can only dose.
Wakes with a start and feels excited. Sleep is disturbed by
dreams. Sleeplessness because of mental over activity or flow of
ideas. Nervous excitability. Coffea crudais good for
hyperactive or hypersensitive children or high strung adults with
Sleeplessness that follows indigestion or stomach pain. Very useful in children
with colic. Very
wakeful and sleepless. When asleep the person lies on the back, with
one hand under the occiput. The pain in the stomach is better bending
over, or pressing against the stomach.
Colocynthis is also useful in
menstrual cramps in women with suppressed
anger, or those kept awake from menstrual cramp pain.
Intense, type A, competitive personality.
Falling asleep late because of a feeling of thoughts crowding.
Wakes at 3 am and lies awake until daybreak, then falls into a dull sleep
full of dreams, from which it is hard to rouse. Unrefreshing sleep. Wakes
late, feeling tired. Very drowsy after
eating and in the early evening. Dreams are full of bustle
and hurry or quarrels. Better after a short sleep. Great flow of ideas
in bed in the evening, which prevent sleep
until morning. Sleeplessness and excitement after overwork or
over-stimulation including too much food, alcohol, sweets or other
over-indulgences.Nux vomica is an important remedy for
anger, irritability, liver detox, ulcers,
alcoholism and an overactive mind.
Phosphorus Used for sleeplessness. Falls asleep late and
awakens feeling weak and unrefreshed. Better after short naps with frequent waking.
Thirsty for cold drinks including at night. Dreams
of fire or bleeding. Also anxious, distressing
or frightening dreams. Vivid dreams. Those who need
walks or talks in their sleep. Fear of the dark or being along and wants company.
Often a tall, thin body type with fine hair and more artistic, sensitive
awake in the
evening restless in sleep. Wakes feeling tired and unrefreshed. Very sleepy in
the afternoon. Sleeps
with both hands over the head. Dislike being covered and craves open air. Chilly but
likes to have the windows and craves open air open. Pulsatilla children
are clingy, timid and lack confidence. They cry easily if upset. Very impressionable and may have difficult falling asleep if
anything disturbing has happened during the day. Children will have nightmares
about being left by parents and they need to be held, tucked in or be rocked to sleep.
Stramonium This is the #1 remedy for violent night terrors in children. They suffer from agitated sleep
with vivid and frightening dreams. They can be extremely frightened and
scream out in their sleep. Clinging or clutching to the
parents in the night terror, they do not recognize their own parents.
Frightful visions during sleep. Wide, staring eyes and dilated pupils during
night terrors. Stramonium has an intense fear of the dark or fear of
violence. This remedy is used for night terrors resulting from
vaccinations and also vaccine and brain inflammation after vaccines in
Sulphur Use for children who twitch and jerk often in sleep. It is hard for them
to relax and they seek mental and physical stimulation. Talking in sleep, vivid dreams or
the child is awakening frequently.
Sulphur children run hot and are thirsty.
They are social, extroverted curious and active and often athletic and
physically well coordinated.
Valeriana Sleeplessness at night. Disturbed sleep where the person can only fall asleep towards
early morning with tossing and turning until then. Anxious and confused dreams. Valeriana is
also used in menopause for women with insomnia.
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