Need help figuring out what to do about son's nightmares

Stormie - posted on 04/15/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 8 year old has nightmares and has been having them every night for 2 months. He doesn't remember them the next morning and last night he was hitting his head on my door and almost lost his balance when I opened the door, caught himself and then crawled in bed. What should I do?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 04/15/2014

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As far as the music is concerned, YOU are the parent, YOU have the control. If it's inappropriate for him to listen to, YOU tell your father to shut it down around his grandson.

That being said, it's fairly normal for them to have night issues around this age. Calming routines help, and in general, if you remain calm when they wake you (most of the time they're not all that awake themselves), and get them back into bed, they finish out the night.

Everyone has episodes of bad dreams, nightmares, even sleepwalking. If he's continuing to have this issue, look into what stress factors he's handling on a daily basis. My eldest used to have nightmares/sleepwalking episodes when he was nervous or stressed out about an upcoming event.

Dru - posted on 04/15/2014

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the only advice I have on that is to try and explain how that music is not age appropriate for him and how it could effect his nightmares.

Stormie - posted on 04/15/2014

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I appreciate that mostly what he watches is stuff that we have on our DVR which is like Madagascar and Johnny Bravo and I've tried playing calm relaxing music but he just mainly wants to listen to what my dad listens to and that is things like Slipknot and things like that.

Dru - posted on 04/15/2014

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try playing some nice calm music when he lays down for bed, really pay attention to what he watches on TV before bed as well, the smallest of things can have a great impact on his REM sleep pattern.

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