My 6 years old nightmare

Diana - posted on 11/12/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter she is 6 years old and every second night she gets scared in her dreams to the points that she screaming calling names or saying things it is not like she watches adult movies but even if she goes to the park and sees insects then at night she thinks insects crawling all over her and her bed I don't know I am worrying and don't know if I take her to get some professional help plz any ideas

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Sarah - posted on 11/12/2014

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No, it's typical. Night terrors are usually due to stress or fatigue. Try to back up bedtime by an hour or so, and make sure she is getting 10 or more hours a night. Also, no caffeine or sugar after dinner. Try to establish, or continue a calming, consistent bedtime routine. Light snack, bath, books and give her some time to talk. Sometimes, even if you are doing everything "right" your child can still have these episodes. If they seem to be affecting her ability to function during the day, talk to her doctor. Otherwise, as scary as they are for you, if she seems unaffected the next morning and is not afraid to go to sleep, then don't worry she is not in danger. Is there any type of new stress in her life? School, teacher, anxieties with friends? Offer her reassurance and chat about her day, the more confident she is feeling the less likely the episodes will continue.

Diana - posted on 11/12/2014

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Thanks Sarah eisen for feedback no she likely won't remember next morning sometimes she does by telling me she had scary dream but most of the times she won't remember I am worrying is it bad?

Sarah - posted on 11/12/2014

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Is she having nightmares or night terrors? The easiest way to tell is she will likely remember a nightmare the next morning. She may not remember the content but she will be able to say she had a scary dream. Night terrors, on the other hand, most often are not recalled by the child at all the next morning. Also, you can wake a child easily from a nightmare but not a terror.

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