Health Tip: If Your Child is Having Nightmares
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Keeping a sleep diary may help
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- If your child has frequent nightmares or night terrors, keeping a sleep diary can help pinpoint the underlying issue.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests what to include in your child's sleep diary:
- How long your child sleeps at night, as well as where your child usually sleeps.
- What things your child needs to fall asleep, such as a blanket or stuffed animal.
- How long it takes your child to fall asleep, and how often the child wakes at night.
- The methods you use to comfort your child.
- What time your child naps, and how long each nap lasts.
- Anything that may be stressing your child, including any changes in the home.
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