Night terrors and nightmares in children usually happen in the middle of the night, when parents are tired, and child is difficult to console. There are many herbal and homeopathic remedies that you can use for night terrors problems, that are easy to use, non-evasive, gentle, non-toxic and without side effects. They can restore healthy sleep patterns in children who suffer from frequent night disturbances.
Make sure to consult your doctor or homeopathic expert for instruction about which remedy to choose, how to prepare it and dosage.
Tips for Nightmares
Nightmares and night terrors usually happen in the same place during the sleep cycle; between the first and second hour of sleep. If you can notice the pattern, you can briefly wake your child up 15 minutes before. Also, avoid telling scary stories before bedtime, and also avoid scary movies, too. Try to make sure that your child is getting enough of sleep, because of prolonged sleep deprivation, especially with children, is a major cause of night terrors.
During the night terror episode, try to be as relaxing, comforting and gentle as possible, without shouting or sudden movements. Make sure that your child’s bedroom is as safe as possible; if he has a tendency to get out of bed during nightmare episodes he can be hurt. Also, offer your child to help him to go back to sleep by soothing it.
Homeopathic Remedies for Night Terrors
Sulphur is one of the homeopathic remedies you can use when your child is twitchy and jerks a lot in its sleep. Other symptoms that indicate this remedy are talking in sleep, vivid dreams or child is awakening frequently.
Stramonium is the remedy recommended in cases when a child is awakened terrified or screams in its sleep. The child may be feeling sleepy but can not fall asleep, and ask for light in the bedroom and company.
Chamomile is one of the most popular remedies. In cases of night terrors, it can be used when child’s symptoms are emotional and mental. The child is restless, wants something and then refuses it, and she can only be consoled when carried.
Ignatia Amara is recommended for use in cases of nightmares connected with emotional stress, when a child is having hysteria episodes and has a rapid change of moods. A child may also have deep and troubling dreams.
Kali Bromatum is homeopathic remedy recommended for use in cases when a child is feeling depressed, melancholic and delusional during night terror episodes.
Aconitum Napelus is mostly used in cases when a child feels anxiety, fear, and anguish of body and mind. A child may also have fears of crowd, future or when crossing the street.
Other homeopathic remedies that you can use in cases of children’s night terrors are Lycopodium, Cina, Phosphorus, and Calcarea carbonica.