Nightmares are common amongst children between the ages of three and six. Some of them have repetitive nightmares and some others have new episodes every time. For those with new episodes, just comfort them whenever it occurs, let them know it is not real. It would really help if you teach them to pray also.
As for those with the same nightmares, there is a triggering factor, what you want to do now is find it and take it away from the child. It could be a toy, the shape of a wall fitting, most commonly horror movies and some cartoons (the reason you should screen what your child watches). When you find the trigger, get rid of it.
Night terrors are usually not associated with what they see or watch. These kids can just wake up and start screaming for minutes, eyes wide open, but won’t focus when you call them or try to get them to stand or sit. This is not the time to think you child is possessed by a demon or is an “ogbanje”.
What you want to do here as a parent (especially our ever frantic mums) is be calm, sit there until the episode is over.
And my very special recipe, pray. Funny thing is, these kids don’t even remember something funny happened by the next morning.
Night terrors are known to be caused by fevers though. At high temperature.
Do not scold your child for being scared or frightened at a nightmare (especially our African parents), and ignore their complaints. Pay closer attention.
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo