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Kids Doctor 4/30/13 Dealing with your kid's nightmares

Nightmares are most common in 2 to 5-year-olds because this age group has a vivid imagination and it is often hard for them to distinguish between make believe and reality.
April 30th, 2013

Nightmares are a common occurrence among children, and they can cause your child to lose sleep and become confused.
Pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard, The Kid's Doctor, shares how to help children deal with scary dreams.

"Just when you thought your child was a good sleeper, you are now being awakened by them with a tap on the shoulder and them saying: 'I'm scared mom.'

Nightmares are most common in 2 to 5-year-olds.  The reason why? This age group has a vivid imagination and it is often hard for them to distinguish between make believe and reality.

Nightmares occur during R.E.M., or light sleep, typically in the middle of the night or early morning hours.  When your child suddenly awakens they are often confused, tired and scared. They often dream about monsters or bad guys being in their room.

Nightmares occur more frequently when a child is overtired, has had a change in their schedule or may be experiencing anxiety due to a new school, new sibling or a divorce in the family.

The best way to treat nightmares is to be pro-active. Put a night light in your child's room.  Make a dream box with a flashlight, a magic wand and monster dust to get rid of the scary dreams.  Hang a dream catcher above their bed. 

Be creative and reassure your child there are no monsters or ghosts in their room.  Stick to a good sleep routine each night.  I assure you, this is yet another phase of childhood."


For more of Doctor Sue's tips, just head over to yourerie.com.
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