Your Children and Nightmares

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There’s not much worse than hearing the heart-wrenching screams coming from your child’s mouth in the middle of the night. There are many things you can do to help your child eliminate from waking up at nighttime.

Why Does My Child Have Nightmares?

Toddler aged children have a hard time in general with separating themselves from reality and make-believe. When there’s a lot of change that happens within a family, this can also trigger terrifying dreams. A lot of the times children have a fear of the unknown, which can be a huge reason why the child is dreaming in the first place.

How To Handle Your Child’s Nightmares?

Nightmares happen during the stages of lighter, REM sleep, which occur closer to the morning. When you go to settle your child down, this may be a hard thing to do, but extremely important because they need those extra hours of sleep. You can help your child by calming them back down and letting them know that everything is okay. A lot of the time it helps to let your child know that they woke up, and it’s fine to go back to sleep now. It’s not important to start explaining to your child why they woke up, because all that matters is getting back to sleep. Some smaller children may even need you to lay back down with them, while older kids will just fall back to sleep on their own. Once your child wakes up in the morning, you can have your child describe to you the dream. Sometimes it helps for kids to explain what they were dreaming about so you can talk it over and reassure to them that nothing will happen to them.

Helping Your Child Prevent Nightmares?

The best way to prevent your child from having reoccurring nightmares is by having a schedule and sticking to it. Your child will tend to be more anxious when you have no schedule, leaving more room for bad dreams to occur. Since nightmares happen when a child is over-stressed or anxious, reducing the amount of anxiety in their life is number one priority. Staying away from scary television shows and scary books will provide a happy and light mood before bed. Once you’ve set a happy and reoccurring stable schedule to your child’s routine, you should start to see nightmares disappear.

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