My 6-year-old daughter has been having nightmares, and often asks to come sleep in my bed. Is that OK?
Nightmares are very common for kids so it's important to keep them in perspective and not let them become too big of a deal. A little comfort from you can go a long way toward helping your daughter feel better.
It's not necessary to let her come sleep in your bed or for you to sleep in her room after a nightmare. In fact, offering to let her sleep with you might send a subtle message that you don't believe she can feel safe alone. By helping her feel better and get back to sleep independently, you show confidence in her ability to tackle what she's afraid of. And that's a skill that she can lean on throughout life.
Other ways to make a child feel better after a nightmare:
Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: July 2013
|American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.|
|National Sleep Foundation (NSF) NSF is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public health and safety by achieving understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, and by supporting education, sleep-related research, and advocacy.|
|Kids Talk About: Feeling Scared All kids feel scared once in a while. Find out what frightens them in this article for kids.|
|Should I Be Worried About My Child's Nightmares? Find out what the experts have to say.|
|What Causes Night Terrors? Find out what the experts have to say.|
|Nightmares Nightmares aren't totally preventable, but parents can help kids feel better when they have one and ease their transition back to sleep.|
|Nightmares Nightmares may be upsetting, but they are not "real" and can't harm you. And if you have one, you're in good company: almost everyone gets them once in awhile - adults, as well as kids. Read our article on nightmares to find out more.|
|Night Terrors A night terror is a sleep disruption that seems similar to a nightmare, but it's far more dramatic. Night terrors can be alarming, but aren't usually cause for concern or a sign of a medical issue.|
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