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5 yr old quad having nightmares everynight.

mrssimpson89mrssimpson89 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited January 2020 in Cerebral Palsy
Hi I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on helping my daughter soothe through the night. She isn't on any regular medication and I'm sure she's not in pain when she wakes. She is up at least 4 times a night shouting the pirates have come ( nightmares) we have tried lower tog duvets and blankets as she is always sweaty, I have bought a bed tent to keep the pirates away, I have bought one of the baby sleep aids with cry sensor to try to settle her when she cries out in the night, we have limited tablet time before bed. One very tired mummy, any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks. 

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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,619 Scope community team
    edited December 2019
    Hi @mrssimpson89
    Welcome to the community. 
    I'm sorry to read that you are both going through this. As a parent, I'm familiar with the sleep deprivation our little ones can bring. As someone who lives with CP myself, I'm not aware of nightmares being common in children or adults with CP.
    Reducing tablet time and other external stimulation at least two hours before bedtime is a great idea. 

    Here are some tips that I hope can help you guys. Helping your disabled child to sleep
    Scope
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  • TheMandersonTrustTheMandersonTrust Member Posts: 3 Listener
    I know it might sound a bit weird but have you tried a Dream Catcher. It is an American Indian traditional remedy. It worked very well for my daughter and my nephew when they were young and as a primary teacher I recommended it to a couple of parents and they had success with their children.
    The Dream Catcher is a hoop with what looks like a spider's web inside. It is hung in the window and 'catches' the dreams as they enter. In the morning the sunlight makes them disappear. It sounds crazy but it definitely worked for us.
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,619 Scope community team
    edited January 2020
    We used one for our daughter too @TheMandersonTrust

    It seemed to work!

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @mrssimpson89, welcome to the community! 

    A Scope service called Sleep Right might be beneficial if you live within the catchment areas. Here is more information:
    Sleep Right is a face to face service that helps parents and carers of disabled children to improve their child's sleep. The service is available in East and West London, Leeds, Northamptonshire and Peterborough.
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