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Preschooler sleep problems solved

 

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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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