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A panic attack can be scary for you and your child. If your child experiences panic attacks, it is important to seek help from your child's health care provider to figure out what is causing them, and what can be done to prevent them. Children can also have panic attacks during sleep.
Panic attacks are usually triggered by intense fear, which can come from many different things in children, including fear of school, being sick, nightmares, or being in certain social situations. Most panic attacks typically last 5–10 minutes.
This symptom may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.).
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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