Hearing a newborn baby cry out at night can be overwhelming. Many newborn babies have a predictable sleeping pattern.
However, scientists are yet to discover why babies dream and experience nightmares during the first few months of their life.
Here is what parents should understand about newborn nightmares.
Newborn babies often wake up screaming at night. This is called colic.
Colic is a condition affecting newborns from birth to three months old. The cause of colic is not yet discovered. Some parents attribute it to teething or gas. Others anticipant to problems in their baby’s digestive system.
However, newborns babies may have nightmares from the time they are born, but this will vary from baby to baby. Newborn babies experience nightmares due to fear and anxiety. They can also be caused by a traumatic event or experience in a baby’s life. This also may be as a result of what the newborn baby has been thinking throughout the day. Most babies have nightmares more often than others, but eventually go away.
What are the causes of newborn nightmares?
Many people believe that the experiences that a newborn baby undergoes during birth attributes to nightmares in babies. While other argue that a newborn baby think and have imaginations just as adults and thus this contributes to them to having nightmares.
In cases, for older children most of them sit up in bed and scream up calling their parents. However, the case of nightmares occurs in their daily life. Thus parents should wake up during the night to observe their babies. Let the children understand that they are safe in your hands and no one can harm them.
What are the possible effects of nightmares on newborns?
Nightmares can also have a negative effect on a newborn’s sleep and overall health. They can lead to restless sleep, increased crying, and difficulty sleeping through the night. In some cases, nightmares can even lead to anxiety or depression in older children or adults.
What can be done to help newborns deal with nightmares?
There are a few things that can be done in order to help newborns deal with nightmares. First, it is important to create a calm and safe environment for them to sleep in. This means keeping the room dark and quiet, and free from any potential hazards. Secondly, it is important to establish a bedtime routine with them that includes a warm bath, soothing music, and a bedtime story. This will help to relax them and prepare them for sleep. Finally, if they do wake up from a nightmare, it is important to comfort them and help them back to sleep.