Children having nightmares ‘is normal’

It is best to leave children when they are experiencing a nightmare, rather than comfort them, an expert has said.

It is best to leave children when they are experiencing a nightmare, rather than comfort them, an expert has said.

Suffering from nightmares is a common complaint in children, parents have been reassured.

Clinical psychologist Nicky Cohen explained how 75 per cent of youngsters experience night terrors when they are growing up, the Vancouver Sun reports.

Not only this, but often kids can have disruptions regularly between the ages of two and five and the best advice is not to intervene, she said.

It was suggested that instead parents should watch over their offspring and resist the urge to comfort them as it can result in the child become more distressed.

However, the behaviour is not something adults should become too concerned with, Dr Cohen remarked.

“Sometimes parents worry that they’re a sign of an underlying psychological problem. Usually they’re not,” she said.

When dealing with little ones who constantly wake in the night, Dr Robert Rosenberg recently advised Daily Courier readers it is best to wait a while before going in to attend to them, as this way they will get used to drifting back off alone.

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