Co is about to be 5. He is a pretty happy kid, no trauma, doesn't watch scary TV or movies. But every night he has bad dreams, and I am getting up to comfort him 5 or 6 times a night. This has been going on for months, but there was no clear start to it that I noticed.
They aren't full nightmares because he wakes up and cries not from the dream but because I'm not there. He knows they are just dreams and isn't waking up screaming or terrified. I just have to go in his room and sit next to him, sing a song, pray with him, etc. I am so tired!
I think he is so worked up and nervous about having bad dreams that he causes them, KWIM? He does have some anxiety but nothing diagnosable. What can I do for him? He used to have a mattress in our room but that didn't change how often the dreams happened or how often I had to wake up with him so we have instead kept him in the room with his brothers and I just go to him. He shares a twin bed with his younger brother but there is still room for me to snuggle with him. I can't sleep there long because that mattress kills me.
on Jan. 4, 2014 at 10:21 PM