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Hello ....I think I can help...This sounds like a night terror. They are common at her age. Have you ever seen one before?
Was she asleep?
I am pretty sure that is all it is. Yes they don't wake up and do not remember it the next day. But they may recur and can go on for about a year. Sometimes they can look quite frightening...like "the exorcist" people say.
That is what I would say. It was terrifying. Do you know of something I could read that might help me understand better?
Here is the NIH fact sheet:
If you search night terrors...there is lots but this is from a reputable source.
Thank you. I will read this carefully. At what point should I be worried?
You have been very helpful. I have already begun reading and feel better about the episode. This online service is very much appreciated. Have a good night yourself.
If they do not resolve by age 4, then, I'd look into the therapy they recommend. We don't know a lot about the cause or whether they are having a nightmare. Just that they resolve spontaneously without any consequence.