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What causes nightmares in kids?

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Dr. Wil Ausborn
Clinical Psychology
11 doctors agree

In brief: Stress and anxiety

Nightmares are sleep disruptions that include frightening content and are especially common in early childhood.
Often these experiences are influenced by stressors that occur during waking hours. The course and development of nightmares are largely dependent on developmental level and are present throughout childhood (journal of clinical child psychology, 2000).

In brief: Stress and anxiety

Nightmares are sleep disruptions that include frightening content and are especially common in early childhood.
Often these experiences are influenced by stressors that occur during waking hours. The course and development of nightmares are largely dependent on developmental level and are present throughout childhood (journal of clinical child psychology, 2000).
Dr. Wil Ausborn
Dr. Wil Ausborn
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree

In brief: Nightmares may

occur without preciptating factors, especially in pre-schoolers.
Anything that increases emotional arousal, like a traumatic event, scary movie, family conflict or parental anxiety can set them off or increase them. A nice explanation of childhood nightmares & suggestions on handling them is at http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/abnormal-sleep-behaviors/nightmares-and-sleep.

In brief: Nightmares may

occur without preciptating factors, especially in pre-schoolers.
Anything that increases emotional arousal, like a traumatic event, scary movie, family conflict or parental anxiety can set them off or increase them. A nice explanation of childhood nightmares & suggestions on handling them is at http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/abnormal-sleep-behaviors/nightmares-and-sleep.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology

In brief: According to

psychoanalytic theory nightmares in children around 5 -6 yrs of age R connected 2Oedipal conflict.
In simple terms, kids want 2have their opposite sex parent 4themselves &for the other parent 2disappear. They feel guilty 4these thoughts &fear that something bad will happen 2them. Dreams of bring chased, kidnapped, hurt arise. Resolution =deciding they will marry a child their age bad dreams stop.

In brief: According to

psychoanalytic theory nightmares in children around 5 -6 yrs of age R connected 2Oedipal conflict.
In simple terms, kids want 2have their opposite sex parent 4themselves &for the other parent 2disappear. They feel guilty 4these thoughts &fear that something bad will happen 2them. Dreams of bring chased, kidnapped, hurt arise. Resolution =deciding they will marry a child their age bad dreams stop.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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