How to help older children after they have bad dreams?

"My daughter still has bad dreams but what happens to kids that are 8-11? My daughter wants to know what happens when you know somethings there but you can't see it?!"

Asked by Katie in commenting on the article, "How to Help Your Child with Scary Dreams":
In Topics: My child's growth and development, Sleep and rest
> 60 days ago



Apr 14, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Bad dreams are common in childhood.  For children with rich imagination that might present more of an issue than for those who are not as imaginative.  One way to help decrease your child's fears and hopefully decrease the incidence of bad dreams is to stop television watching at least 2-3 hours before going to bed.  You would be surprised how well that works for many of my patients!

Television is a tool and should be used as such.  Watch selected programs as a family and discuss what you see on the tube, but not at night as it may stimulate your child's imagination and cause nightmares.

To read more about TV's effects on children, please read these articles:

Television and your child's health

How to stop your child from watching too much TV

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