For definition: Night terrors are easily confused with nightmares. Night terrors are not bad dreams; a child during a night terror is not dreaming. Night terrors usually occur shortly after the child falls asleep, within the first three hours. When a child has a night terror, she may scream and thrash in bed, kicking or punching, with eyes wide with fear. She doesn't respond to questions and may even hit or push an adult away. Most night terrors last between thirty seconds and five minutes. Once the terror ends, the child soon goes back to sleep and will not remember the event the next morning. Some children seldom have attacks, others have them often. Night terrors are not thought to be indicators of emotional disturbance, but are probably related to a temporary delay in the maturation of the brain, and as the child shifts from one stage of sleep to another, there is some interference. Night terrors usually occur when a child is around eighteen months old, and are more common in boys than girls. Night terrors run in families. Stress and excessive fatigue are also thought to be factors. Children usually outgrow these attacks as they mature. During an attack the parents' main concern should be that the child not hurt herself. Stay in the room and intervene if you think she's in danger, but otherwise don't restrain her. A brief nap during the day can be helpful. Some parents have found that waking the child up prior to the time when the attacks generally occur may prevent the attack. For persistent night terrors, a physician may prescribe an anti-anxiety medication for a short period. OK that being told.... heres the situation. My daughter is 3 1/2 and she still takes naps during the day. She doesnt mind. But sometimes at night i can hear her kicking and punching the walls, but never crys or screams. Her eyes are always closed. She never knows what is going on, i know this because i woke her up once and asked her. She had no idea. Has anyone dealt with this? Can you please tell me what to do? Shes my oldest child.