My 3 year old woke up around 2 am this morning screaming due to a nightmare. I Think it might be from the film she saw last night, although it was not a horror film, it is still a little scary as it was about 2 siblings who took a safari tour in Africa and got stranded in the wild with some big hungry Lions, waiting for them to come out of the vehicle. The driver of the safari truck got eaten by the lion, and I saw my little girl’s face really got scared when she saw it.
Anyway, this morning I did a little research online about night terrors in children and found out that this normally do not have an importance and that a child usually grows out of them. These nightmares often begin between the ages 18 months and 3 years but these are not usually a sign of disturbance, so there is really nothing to worry about. After a nightmare a child usually need comforting and reassuring, so it might also help to have a little talk about it and give your child a drink of water before he or she goes back to sleep.