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my 6 years old child wakes up in the night

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Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
Question: my 6 years old child wakes up in the night at around 3 and comes to me for sleeping,her sleep in the night is very irregular,she nearly sleeps for 4 hours continuously.she is a very bright and active child otherwise.but what should I do to make her sleep not with me and sleep properly at night? she use to watch horror video earlier with her elder sister but when I came to know I stopped them from doing so.she also likes to smell and feel me a lot.
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
The key lies in proper reassurance

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for using the Ask a Doctor service.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Children usually come to their parents (especially mother) when they are insecure. The child having watched horror movies in the near past, it is clear that scary thoughts or dreams are not unlikely. Needless to say, in those occasions, or in case of insecurity in any other form, they would resort to their mother. The child smelling and feeling you just conveys the reassurance the child gets when she is in your company.

The solution is in your reassuring her. If you can do it effectively, I believe, the child will sleep well and will not come to you in the night. In case you are not so sure about how to do it, seeing a child psychologist should help.

I do not think that there is any problem with her sleep and you need not worry about it. You do not need to use any medication.

Feel free to write back.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (46 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Your presence and care is the reassurance she needs

Detailed Answer:
You need to reassure by saying that you are always with her and even when she is alone. You can mention some guardian XXXXXXX or something. It is hard to mention like that because it needs to be customized to the exact situation and such a thing would perhaps need a direct one to one interaction for an hour or so. I would insist you to see a child psychologist for the same.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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can you elaborate on the things we can say to reassure her.
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Brief Answer: The key lies in proper reassurance Detailed Answer: Thanks for using the Ask a Doctor service. I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Children usually come to their parents (especially mother) when they are insecure. The child having watched horror movies in the near past, it is clear that scary thoughts or dreams are not unlikely. Needless to say, in those occasions, or in case of insecurity in any other form, they would resort to their mother. The child smelling and feeling you just conveys the reassurance the child gets when she is in your company. The solution is in your reassuring her. If you can do it effectively, I believe, the child will sleep well and will not come to you in the night. In case you are not so sure about how to do it, seeing a child psychologist should help. I do not think that there is any problem with her sleep and you need not worry about it. You do not need to use any medication. Feel free to write back. Regards