yes, but it might be more then a nightmare, it could be night terrors which are far more scary (but only for the parents) the child will remember nothing in the morning. my daughter has had them for about 4 years now, they are getting better, but still scary for me. if this is what your daughter has then it is very important that you first of all, dont EVER try to wake her up, it will not only be nearly impossible, but if you do manage to she will wake up terrified and not know why. second, sit with her the entire time to make sure she doesnt hurt herself, its very common for night terrors to stimulate sleep walking and thrashing around, so just sit with her and hold her.
third, stay calm, this is for your mental health, like i said, she wont remember that anything happened in the morning.
and fourth, never ever get mad. it will do no good, no matter what you do to try to fix it or to get her to stop, it wont work.
at 12:21 PM on Nov. 9, 2010