Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mom | 2011-10-19


bad dreams

Hi Doc,
Can you tell me when babies / toddlers start their imagination and bad dreams? I thought it was around 3years old, but my daughter is 19months and woke up a few times last night quite hysterical, like she was frightened. She had grommets in a week ago, but panado didn''t help, we had to lie with her until she went back to sleep. Perhaps its her eye teeth or a bad dream?

Expert's Reply



Babies and toddlers can certainly start having bad dreams much earlier than at 3 years.Some babies start as early as 10 months or so. Your daughter is having night terrors which are very common indeed. Her recent operation may have started this off. She will outgrow this tendency but it will take some time to happen.She will need reassurance when she wakes after having a bad dream and she will soon go back to sleep.

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