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Nightmare Disorder Follow-up

  • Author: Daniel R Neuspiel, MD, MPH, FAAP; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
 
Updated: May 11, 2015
 

Patient Education

Reassure parents and patients that, in most cases nightmares are sporadic.

If a child experiences nightmares following a severe traumatic incident or if nightmares occur more than twice a week over a period of several months, psychiatric intervention can help.

Although not all everyday stressors can be removed, parents can strive to make bedtime a safe and comfortable time by spending time reading and relaxing with the child.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Sleep Disorders Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education articles Disorders That Disrupt Sleep (Parasomnias), Night Terrors, and REM Sleep Behavior Disorder.

 
Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Daniel R Neuspiel, MD, MPH, FAAP Medical Director, Myers Park Pediatrics; Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Levine Children's Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Daniel R Neuspiel, MD, MPH, FAAP is a member of the following medical societies: Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Physician Leadership, Phi Beta Kappa

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Coauthor(s)

Erin Hollingsworth Stubbs, MD Faculty Physician, Division of General Pediatrics, Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center

Erin Hollingsworth Stubbs, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Caroly Pataki, MD Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine

Caroly Pataki, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York Academy of Sciences, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Additional Contributors

Chet Johnson, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Director and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, KU Center for Child Health and Development, Shiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies; Assistant Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Chet Johnson, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgements

The authors and editors of Medscape Reference gratefully acknowledge the contributions of previous author Kevin P Connelly, DO, to the development and writing of this article.

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