Night terrors in children – reasons and what to do?
All people have dreams. And even some of us remember the story or details of a dream in the morning, especially if the dream was filled with negative events. Adults quickly calm down and forget about nightmares because they realize that it was only a dream.
But how to deal with night terrors in children who don’t sleep well apart from their parents and are afraid of darkness? Today we will talk about night terrors in children: how they appear and what to do if a child sees bad nights regularly?
What causes night terrors in children?
Nowadays, when there are so many sources of information that affect the little person, – night terrors are a common occurrence. Some parents wonder and don’t understand why their children can wake up in the middle of the night and cry. After all, they don’t show them cartoons with scary characters and don’t scare them with various monsters that can steal them if they behave badly.
Where do all these fears and murder scenes come from? But few people understand that the cause can be not only negative emotions but also positive ones. Also among the reasons may be psycho-emotional overstrain (stress) and exhaustion – when a child plays a lot, runs and laughs before going to bed. Lack of daytime sleep, the situation or relations in the family, illness, bright lights, and irritants near the bed, lack of physical activity – can also be among the reasons.
Usually, this period occurs in children of 2-3 years old. You may be an eyewitness your child can scream and cry in his crib after 2 or 3 hours of sleep. In this case, it will be soaking wet, his heartbeat will accelerate. Some children may wave their hands and keep away (throwing a pillow or other objects that will be on hand). This all looks very scary, but in most cases, the child may not remember anything in the morning.
Nightmares and night terrors in children
Scientists have proven that such nightmares are genetically transmitted from parents. And if your child wakes up every night at the same time with screams or loud cries then it means that one of the parents has the same problem.
You all know that our process of night sleep is divided into phases. When we move from a deep sleep phase, we all wake up a little. This often happens closer to the morning, the child most often experiences similar fears during this period of sleep. You don’t need to slow down or scare the child at such moments, your actions can aggravate the situation and scare the child even more.
As we have already said, in this situation the child may not remember at dawn. And you shouldn’t remind the child about it in the morning or at other times of the day.
Causes and signs of night terrors in children
- an emotional day
- hypersensitivity and emotionality of the child
- anxious behavior and mental disorders
- genetic disposition
- conflict and aggression towards the child
- phobias or a loved one’s disease
- stammering or early separation from mother (or father)
Night terrors in children treatment
If you know the correct time your child wakes up from nightmares (for example, 4 or 5 a.m.), you can try waking it up 15-20 minutes before that moment. When you wake him up, just talk about something nice and distracted, pet, or lie next to him until your baby falls asleep again. There are chances that the child will stop waking up from nightmares after such awakenings.
Preventing night terrors in children – methods, actions, and rituals:
- Natural remedies for night terrors in children
- Reading fairy tales in which there are no evil characters and tragic stories.
- You can sing a lullaby or listen to classical, calm music with your child.
If nightmares turn into panic attacks or suffocation, they last longer than half an hour or 45 minutes, the child remembers them in the daytime and experiences them again – that’s all reasons to contact a specialist.
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