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Dealing with children who have nightmares regularly

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Dreams are the sweetest part of our sleep but when they become nightmares, even adults get petrified and perturbed. The scientists have yet to find out the exact reason why these nightmares occur? Small children are the common victims of nightmares.


Most kids have nightmares once in a while but according to study reports, 5-8 years is the age group which gets affected regularly by such nightmares. This is because children of this age group are always active and busy with some kind of activities which involve use of their imagination power. When they are fast asleep, brain processes all the images. Sometimes, suddenly the children wake up from the sleep, they think that their dreams are real. Nightmares usually occur during the second half of the sleep.

How to deal with nightmares? For parents, this is a big question.

It is very important to calm the child after a nightmare occurs, as in extreme cases, it may affect the child mentally.

Certain effects of regular nightmares on children may lead to neurological disorders. The child may feel lonely and stressed. He might find it difficult to concentrate on his studies or work and constantly thinking about his bad dreams.

Helping children who have nightmares regularly It is very important in order to bring back your child to a normal condition. Following things can be done to relax the child after a nightmare:

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  • Reassuring the child that it was only a bad dream and nothing else.
  • Giving him/her a hug and telling that you are always there for them.
  • Talking to them before they go to bed.
  • Telling them bedtime stories in which only good characters are there.
  • Asking them about their friends and what they play every day.
  • Telling them about innovations in science and how it will benefit the world in the form of stories.
  • Sing their favorite song for them.
  • Narrate short moral stories for them from epic books.
  • Put on a dim light at night.
  • Tell them to pray for few minutes before they go to sleep, this will give them courage.
  • Apply some oil on their hair for a peaceful sleep, this is the tradition followed from the past.

These are all the small steps that can be taken for relaxing the children who have bad dreams or nightmares regularly.

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