Mum to Mum

Lisa’s wor­ried about her daugh­ter’s bad dreams


Snug­gling un­der the cov­ers, I’d just closed my eyes when a scream made me jump out of my skin. ‘What the…?’ I sighed, drag­ging my­self out of bed.

Bleary-eyed, I dashed into my daugh­ter’s bed­room.

‘Sweet­heart!’ I gasped, wrap­ping my arms around three-year-old Mia.

‘No!’ she wailed, throw­ing her arms around wildly.

‘Mia, it’s just a dream,’ I whis­pered, try­ing to calm her.

But she con­tin­ued to thrash around un­der her du­vet.

‘Shhh, baby,’ I purred, stroking her head.

With that, my hubby stum­bled in to see what all the com­mo­tion was about.

‘Is she hav­ing a night­mare?’ yawned Richard, 35.

‘I don’t know,’ I fret­ted. ‘I’ve never seen her like this be­fore.’

For the next few min­utes, I tried to stay calm while Mia con­tin­ued to shout and scream in her sleep.

‘Should we try to wake her up?’ asked Richard.

But I didn’t know what to do.

Min­utes later, though, Mia woke by her­self.

‘Is it morn­ing?’ she asked.

‘No, dar­ling,’ I soothed, cud­dling her to my chest. ‘You were hav­ing a hor­ri­ble lit­tle dream.’

‘Do you re­mem­ber what it was about?’ asked Richard.

‘No,’ she shrugged. ‘Can I sleep in your bed?’ ‘Of course, baby,’ I smiled. Within 20 min­utes, Mia and Richard were hap­pily snor­ing away, but I was too tense to sleep. The next day, I felt fraz­zled. Be­fore break­fast, I guz­zled a cup of cof­fee and then quizzed Mia about her bad dream.

‘I don’t re­mem­ber hav­ing a night­mare,’ she chirped.

I as­sumed it was a one-off, but a few weeks later, the same thing hap­pened again.

Around mid­night, Mia’s wails woke up the house.

‘Not again,’ I cried, bolt­ing out of bed and into her bed­room.

As I scooped Mia in for a cud­dle, she screamed her head off. ‘There, there,’ I soothed. Again, when Mia woke, she had no mem­ory of the dream.

Now this is hap­pen­ing about once a week, and I’m ex­hausted.

We’ve been to my GP, and he re­as­sured that it’s noth­ing to worry about.

‘Lots of chil­dren suf­fer with night ter­rors,’ he told me.

Af­ter do­ing lots of re­search on­line, I’ve dis­cov­ered these dreams aren’t dan­ger­ous, and most kids grow out of them.

Other than com­fort­ing Mia, is there any­thing else I can do?

Lisa Adams, 30, Hale­sowen, West Mid­lands


My lit­tle girl suf­fers with night ter­rors

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