In many cases, comfort and reassurance are the only treatment required. Psychotherapy or counseling may be appropriate in some cases.

  1. Benzodiazepine medications (such as diazepam) used at bedtime will often reduce night terrors; however, medication is not usually recommended to treat this disorder. A safe over-the-counter drug, Benadryl elixir (diphenhydramine), given 1 hour before bedtime may reduce the incidence of night terror.