Handling children’s nightmares

 

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My 9 year old has started having nightmares. What can I do? Russ Robertson from Croydon

 

Nightmares: Practical Steps to Stop Scary Dreams

Children of all ages get scared by nightmares.

Nightmares are most common in children aged 6 to 10. While pre-schoolers have an active imagination, and worry about monsters under their bed, older children incorporate real-life fears, such as being kidnapped, burgled or bullied into their dreams.

One study by Dutch researchers found that 96% of 7- to 9-year-olds reported having nightmares, as compared with 68% of 4- to 6-year-olds and 76% of 10- to 12-year-olds.

Nearly 70% of the kids said that their dreams were about something they’d seen on TV.

Recurring nightmares, where the same theme appears over and over again are a sign that something might be wrong. Nightmares are a child’s way of trying to work out something emotional that they can’t work through consciously; recurring nightmares are your child’s way of telling you that they are stuck trying to resolve something difficult.

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