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How to help your kids when they have nightmares

Posted at 2:28 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 16:28:18-04

Nightmares can be scary for anyone.  It's even scarier for kids because they have a hard time discerning what's real.  Therapist Jessie Shepherd shares tips on how to help your children when they have one of those terrifying dreams.

Bedtime Routine:

-Kids need 8-10 hours of sleep.

-Nightmares occur more often with sleep deprivation.

-Make sure they are safe.


-Practice Mindfulness

-Rewrite the ending

-Change the `channel`

-Stay Away Monster Spray

No new images:

-Reduce images they might encounter that could be apart of their nightmares (movies, haunted houses, youtube, tv shows, people scaring them.

Seek support:

-Medical professionals: Primary care doctor, possible sleep study, vitamin deficiencies

-School personnel: Teachers, School counselors, school friends

-Mental health: Mental health therapist/counselor.

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