Q My two-year-old has started to have vivid night­mares. What can I do to pre­vent them?

Mother & Baby (UK) - - HERE TO HELP -

Kirsty Pat­ter­son, War­wick­shire

A tod­dler’s imag­i­na­tion can run wild as he goes through a leap in his lan­guage, so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment. Keep his bed­time rou­tine very calm and con­sis­tent. A good wind-down could in­clude a nice bath fol­lowed by some calm play, per­haps do­ing a puzzle as well as read­ing a bed­time story. And make sure that story doesn’t in­volve mon­sters, dinosaurs or any­thing else that could po­ten­tially cause him to wake up scared. Over­tired­ness can also cause un­set­tled sleep and in­crease the chance of a night­mare oc­cur­ring, so en­sure he gets a day­time nap if he still needs one, and that he goes to bed at a rea­son­able time.

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