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
‘HOW CAN I HELP HER?’
My little girl suffers with night terrors