Nightmares are something that every one of us has dealt with in our life times and they are something of a rite of passage but for many of us, they are not very serious and we move on. For children, they are more common but again, for many children, they are not something that is very common but the problems come up when your children start to get continuous and persistent nightmares that affect their sleep and in turn, can ruin their mental health and brain development. No one really knows when nightmares and dreams start to occur in babies but there is a stage, usually in their preschool years that they start to become common. In most cases, you as the parent should be able to assure your child and comfort your child but there comes a time when the problem can get too serious for you to handle on your own and you may need to seek out professional assistance. Children need their sleep for them to grow and persistent nightmares cause many problems with their sleep patterns which can lead to them getting sick and having various health and immune problems on the long run.
Knowing when to seek out treatment
The nightmares that your child is having could be caused by a certain fear, memory or incident that is bothering him or her and professional help can often help to bring to light what the problem is. You can take your child to a therapist if the problem is persistent and the therapist will use child hypnosis to try to get to the bottom of the problem that is bothering your child. This treatment is non-intrusive and can help child to get over their fear if it is an irrational one.
One thing that hypnotherapy for children can do is that it can bring to light memories that may have caused the fear. Your child may have experienced something that you do not know about and this could be the thing that is causing the issues. Once you have discovered the problem, it will help you to find ways of dealing with it. It is also important for you to comfort your child and try to help them to have a good night’s sleep by establishing routine bed time schedules and such. You need to create a safe space by having a comfortable bed and you could even get your child a special soft toy that can keep him or her safe at night. If your child prefers, you can even get him or her a night light.