May 292008

If your child comes to your room in the middle of the night, it may be tempting to allow the child to crawl into bed with you, especially after a nightmare.

That’s not recommended, says the Nemours Foundation, which offers these suggestions for getting your child to go back to his or her own bed:

Health Tips

* Make sure the child understands that you are there if he or she needs you again or gets scared.

* Explain that although the dream was frightening and that it’s acceptable to be scared, everything will be okay.

* Do whatever the child needs to feel safe. Offer a nightlight, or show the child that there are no monsters hiding in the closet or under the bed.

* Soothe the child back to sleep with talk of pleasant dreams, or a comforting blanket or stuffed animal.

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