Child nightmare is a common thing that every child experiences prior to the age of six.
Children suffer more frequent nightmares than their parents.
Child nightmare diminishes as children grow older and gain more control over their world.
Most of the child nightmares are a normal part of coping with changes in their lives.
Child nightmare is a reaction particularly to upsetting events, situations and relationships.
It is a natural response to a threatening experience in the childâ€™s life. Terrifying nightmares often follow such traumas as, a fight with a child, death, a serious illness and so on.
Child nightmare verses night terror:
Child nightmare occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep. Child nightmares vary in length and the child will usually remember what the nightmare was about.
Your child will also afraid of night terrors. Night terrors affect approximately 3 percent of all children. Night terrors will happen about an hour or two after the child has gone to sleep.
They will happen during the non-REM part of sleep. The child falls asleep even though his eyes are wide open. When the child awakens he will have no memory of it.
How to calm your child after a child nightmare?
There are things which you can do before your child goes to sleep and after he awakens from child nightmare or night terror. They help to calm and soothe your child.
- Make sure that the period before bedtime is calm, quiet and relaxing time for your baby.
- Talk gently with your child before he goes to sleep, otherwise sing a song or tell a short story, because babies find voices of their parents very soothing. This routine helps very much after the child awakes.
- It is important for you to remain calm. If you become tensed, your baby will also sense that and it will make him more difficult to get him settled down again.
- Make sure that you can easily calm your childâ€™s cry in the night. You can use baby monitors to help.
- Get your child as soon as possible in order to comfort and reassure him after a child nightmare.
- If you hear your babyâ€™s cry, donâ€™t wake him up if he hasnâ€™t woken up on his own. Stay with him until he goes back to sleep peacefully, or wait for him to wake up.
- Donâ€™t allow your baby to sleep with you after a nightmare or night terror. This may finally leads to develop a negative effect and giving the impression he should be afraid of his own room and bed. If it is habituated, it could become a difficult one to break.