Childhood Diseases

Posted by: shy girl | 2009/12/02


3 year old bad dreams wakes up in a panic

My 3 year old daughter, has bad dreams alot at night, that she will sit up and cry out to stop, or daddy keep me safe or just sit up and cry and panic, most of the times her eyes are closed when this happens, she sleeps between hubby and me which i know she should be in her own bed. its beginning to bother us as it i happening alot. generally she is a happy child, she enjoys school, she tells me about her day and i always make sure to ask her if anybody is being nasty to her or fighting with her etc. She is an overactive child with an overactive mind and also very enquiring so i am not sure what to make of the bad dreams and the crying and panic.

Expert's Reply



This is very common. The cause of these night terrors is not always obvious. When your daughter wakes up having had a bad dream all that is needed is to reassure her and let her go back to sleep again. She should be in her own bed at her age.

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