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My child has nightmares and cries every night

My son keeps having nightmares every night and wakes up crying. It's becoming a real problem now as he doesn't want to go to bed. His nightmares involve a lorry and him crossing the road and missing the lorry, this continues until about the 4th and 5th lorry when it's just about to hit him then he wakes up!  This is the nightmare he has most nights. Their are others too but that's the most common. He's scared to cross the road and becoming so bad tempered, no doubt through lack of sleep. He thinks it's a sign that something bad is going to happen. 


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How old is your child, you didn't say. Have you gone to the GP about this? I know you probably think they might not be interested but they may be able to refer him to a sleep specialist.
  • JulesS31
  • @2014-06-03 10:02:26
  • United Kingdom
  • Age: 40
He's 7, nearly 8.
  • Eviesnan
  • @2014-06-03 10:09:09
  • United Kingdom
  • Age: 71
It sounds like he is worried about something. Is he getting on OK at school? H'e not being bullied or anything is he? He is coping with school work? There could be some pressure coming from somewhere. Our dreams are great insights to what's going on in the subconscious. Have a look online at some dream definitions to see if you can get a clearer picture. Also get him some light hearted books to read before he goes to bed, maybe let him have a night light. That way his brain  will be thinking about nice things. I used to let my daughter watch disney films before bed so she had nice images in her head. He nightmares started watching scooby doo would you believe. 
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