As a parent, you might have experienced waking up in the middle of the night from the sound of your child’s cry, or maybe your child is now terrified to sleep alone because she keeps having nightmares. Nightmares are very upsetting, especially to a young child. Unfortunately, they are also common during this stage.
Studies showed that children typically start having nightmares before the age of 10, and some may start having them as young as 3 or 4 years old. Nightmares can be stressful and can disrupt your child’s sleeping pattern.
According to Mayo Clinic, episodes are usually short, but they can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and make sleeping difficult. If your child is having difficulty sleeping and has nightmare problems, these practices may help.
There are several routines you can try, such as reading those bedtime stories, giving them a hot bath or shower, making them a glass of milk, and skipping screens. It is also advisable to have an early night sleep.
2.Be patient in reassuring with your child.
Things may come out of hand when nightmares strike, so explain things in a gentle way. Remind them that nightmares aren't real. You may hug them until they feel secure and calm while reassuring them that it is far from reality and that those bad dreams are not real.
3.Discuss the dream.
Another way to avoid a nightmare is to confront it. Let your child be comfortable in telling you about their bad dreams. Talking through nightmares with someone they’re comfortable with will help them come to terms with what’s disturbing their sleep pattern.
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4.Imagine a happy ending for the nightmare instead.
Help them conquer nightmares by teaching them to "rewrite" the story. A good book read out loud may help them do that, and ease their anxiety.
5.Offer something to comfort your child.
A blankie, a stuffed animal, or a night lamp may help your child cope, too. Having a comfortable bed (and knowing you're nearby) will help him achieve a peaceful sleep.