Nightmare Disorder Follow-up

Updated: Aug 08, 2018
  • Author: Daniel R Neuspiel, MD, MPH, FAAP; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Patient Education

Reassure parents and patients that, in most cases nightmares are sporadic.

If a child experiences nightmares following a severe traumatic incident or if nightmares occur more than twice a week over a period of several months, psychiatric intervention can help.

Although not all everyday stressors can be removed, parents can strive to make bedtime a safe and comfortable time by spending time reading and relaxing with the child.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Sleep Disorders Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Disorders That Disrupt Sleep (Parasomnias), Night Terrors, and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.