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Fortunately, kids as often remarkably resilient and heal well. If not, there'd be a lot less adults around. Howver acute stress reactions occur, and ghenerally resolve themselves within the first 2 weeks without further problems. These can include sleeplessness and general upset. You need to work through such issues as recognizing that just as neither you, your husband or the child are to blame ( accidents truly DO happen ) by disturbing yourself about the possibility that your husband may feel guilty, you may not be helping any of you, and simply giving him more to feel guilty about.
See how it goes over the next few days. If it doesn't resolve, a psychologist may be able to help you talk it through and learn more methods for relaxing yourself. Meantime, remember one of the key problems with anything that makes it harder for you to fall asleep or sleep through, is getting anxious about it. The more one allows oneself to feel alarmed at not getting to sleep, the more aroused and awake one will be. So if within 10 minutes you're not getting to sleep, especially if you're getting wound up by thoughts about the accident, etc., get up quietly, and out of bed, and in another room, sit and watch boring TV ( DSTV provide that in spades ) or read a peaceful book of magazine, have a warm milky drink and sit calmly till you get drowsy again, then return to bed. And if stray thoughts about the accident start to re-enter your mind, treat them like annoying flies, and just swat them away. As its hard to go blank when it'd be handy, try picking a pleasant place, perhaps from your childhood or a vacation, and calmly walk yourself around it, trying to recall the details of the place and the calm and pleasant feelings associated with it
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