In dreams, children process the impressions they gained during the day. Dreams are therefore representations of the child’s emotions. Fear and anxiety are emotions which are expressed in dreams, also known as nightmares. Every child has nightmares every now and then, we do not need to worry about this.
Some aspects can be the cause of a nightmare. A busy day with a lot of new impressions can cause a nightmare, just like fatigue and a lack of sleep. Fever, illness, eating too late/too much or the use of medicine can also play in important role in the development of nightmares. Another possibility is the processing of an unpleasant event.
Nightmares can be a signal, there might be something an underlying reason for the nightmares. When nightmares maintain, try to find the reason for this and seek help from a professional. It’s important to deal with the problem as early as possible. Because of nightmares, children can develop fear to go to sleep and thereby cause sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can be harmful for the child’s physical and mental development.
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