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Preschooler sleep problems solved

Sarah Caron is a Connecticut-based freelance writer and editor. She lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable kids and two funny beagles. Check out her food blog at Sarah's Cucina Bella.

Expert advice for a good night's rest

Your preschooler was sleeping through the night...until suddenly they weren't. Or maybe yours can't seem to tire enough to go to sleep. We've asked three experts to help us decipher some big preschooler sleep problems.
 

Sleep smarts

Coping with nightmares

My 4-year-old occasionally has nightmares where he screams and thrashes. When I try to help him, he doesn't wake up. What's going on and what can I do?

Seeing and hearing your child in distress can be heartbreaking. What is it and how can you help them?

THE EXPERT SAYs...

Dr. Omran: When your child has nightmares, screams and is not responding to you, this is indicative of a night terror. It is best to stay calm and assure your child that everything is o.k. It is important that your child gets at least 10 hours of sleep at night. Usually kids grow out of night terrors, but if the night terror is a real concern for you, you should consult with a sleep specialist.

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