Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Leonie | 2011-03-21


My baby''s nightmares

Hi. I suspect that my 22 month old is constantly having nightmares when he sleeps at night. He will wake up screaming and kicking 2 - 4 times at night. Not only is his sleep constantly interrupted, but so is mine. I am 25 weeks pregnant at the moment at I feel like death warmed up when I wake up in the morning. Is there something I can do or give him to make sure he has a good night''s rest? What can cause this? He is not currently in a school, but stays with his grandmother during the day on recommendation by his GP and Pediatrician. Could it be that he needs more stimulation during the day? I''m not sure where to take him either, his Pediatrician, a psychiatrist or a Occupational therapist? Help Please!

Expert's Reply



This is a very common problem at this age which is known as 'night terrors' This is a temporary problem and the cause is not usually obvious. When he wakes up following a bad dream you need to go to him and reassure him and then let him go back to sleep. It may help to use a nightlight in his bedroom.Some mothers use Rescue remedy drops for children.

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