Night terrors are a common sleep problem among children. By some estimates, about 15% of younger children have occasional night terrors.Although most common in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years,they can occur at almost any age.
Although usually considered to be normal or benign, they are often very scary and distressing to parents who often overreact, especially during a child's first night terror.
When you hear how most experts describe night terrors, it is easy to see why parents find them distressing. Children who have night terrors are usually described as 'bolting upright' with their eyes wide open,with a look of fear and panic, and letting out a 'blood curdlingscream'. These kids will usually also be sweating, breathing fast andhave a rapid heart rate (autonomic signs). And although it will seem like they are awake, during a night terror, children will appearconfused, will not be consolable and won't recognize you.Typical night terrors last about 5 to 30 minutes and afterwards,children usually return to a regular sleep. If you are able to wake your child up during a night terror, he is likely to become scared and agitated, mostly because of your own reaction to the night terror,especially if you were shaking or yelling at him to wake up. Instead oftrying to wake up a child having a night terror, it is usually betterto just make sure he is safe, comfort him if you can, and help him return to sleep once it is over.
Info from here : http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/sleep/a/night_terrors.htm
Realised that I'd made the mistake of trying to wake him up which may have agitated him more. Also, I'd thought initially that he was having kind of seizure because he was convulsing quite badly during the episodes but based on the info on the net, it does seem like night terrors do appear similar to epileptic seizures. Am somewhat relieved after reading all this info because I was really quite affected after seeing him like that for 3 nights in a row. The cause of this could be due to fatigue, stress or illness...my guess is that he'd been really on the 'high' after all the CNY visiting and various activities I'd involved him in.. Made a conscious effort to wind him down when I put him into bed earlier on..Hopefully, there won't be any occurrence tonight.
Any of you or your kids suffered from this before?
He had his first spelling test today and he got it all correct so he was in a very jovial mood..
He's started his golf lesson in ACSJ already..I'm also retaking golf lessons again so that hopefully, we can play together in the future. Went to the Executive Golf Course at Mandai on Sunday to swing at the balls abit and let him have a go at it. He may look as if he knows what he's doing but he was playing golf hockey most of the time :)