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by admin - April 28th, 2009.
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Child wakes screaming; confusion on awakening; frantic activity on awakening; sleepwalking.

Home care

Rouse the child slowly and gently.

Hold the child and speak soothingly and reassuringly.

If the child is sleepwalking, make sure he or she cannot fall or get hurt.


-    Frequent nightmares indicate that the child is under excessive stress; try to identify and relieve the problem. If necessary, enlist the doctor and school personnel to help pinpoint the source of the child’s distress.

-    Be alert to the school, social, and family pressures that can cause a child to have nightmares.

-    Be Sure you know how much TV your child is watching, and that the program content is suitable.

-    A child who sleepwalks must be protected from falls and other injury.

Some experts distinguish bad dreams from nightmares and night terrors. For practical purposes, however, all three have the same cause and treatment; they differ only in degree.

In a nightmare, the mind relives the fears and anxieties the child has experienced during his or her waking hours. Occasionally a nightmare may be the result of the usual stresses your child encounters in daily life. Frequent nightmares, however, are abnormal and indicate unreasonable pressures on the child.

High fever and illness – measles, for instance – have been known to induce nightmares. When this happens, the condition resembles delirium, and it should not recur once the child is well again. If no illness is involved, a nightmare is easily identified.


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