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06 Dec 2012

advice please - child nightmares
My son of 6 has nightmares, screaming during the night. I asked and he says the monsters are chasing him? How do I help or find out what causes his nightmares? I am so worried, please any advice....
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Causes are so often not useful to pursue in contrast to management. A phase of nightmares seems to arise commonly during childhood. As for causes one would check out - has he been watching scary movies or DVD, especially at night ? And has he run into frightening problems at school ( eg bullies ) or elsewhere ? If so, then its clear what one needs to do ; if not, the phase will probably pass before long, ad you can provide loads of re-assurance, a night-light, and encouragement.
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