Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peta | 2011/09/08


To wake or not wake? I dont know?

Hi Dr
Thanks for the advice. All went well with the actual operation, the mickey is now in but he is gagging a lot, seems very uncomfortable, won’ t drink or eat much. But that I can deal with… .

The new situation is the screaming and crying in his sleep since the operation. I know that this is due to the trauma of the operation ( it took 4 nursing staff, the anesthetist putting the mask on his face and me with him sitting on my lap to get him under… .it was horrible!) but what I don’ t know it whether it is better to wake him when he is dreaming or having nightmares or not? I have tired stroking his hair, telling him mommy is here, etc but it isn’ t working. He fights me off.

Should I wake him fully or leave him to calm himself which usually happens until we hear the next scream from his room… 

Your advise would be much appreciated, l don’ t know what to do for him.

Expert's Reply



You should go to your son when he screams. Hold him and try to soothe him by talking quietly and trying to reassure him. A child does need to be comforted when they are frightened even if he tries to fight you off.Your son should gradually get over this stage. He has been through so much trauma in his young life that it is no wonder that he has nightmares.

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