Parenting: Six common causes for kids’ nightmares — (The Sun-Sentinal)

SSRI Ed note: Mayo Clinic warns that certain antidepressants can cause children to experience nightmares.

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The Sun-Sentinal

January 7, 2009

Though normally a person has nothing to worry about from a nightmare, it can be an unsettling, if not frightening, experience for a child. Several factors can spark the mind into nightmare mode.

The Mayo Clinic offers a list of some key situations, experiences and conditions that sometimes can cause a nightmare:

The ordinary stresses of daily life, such as a problem at home or school, a move or the death of a loved one.

A traumatic event, such as an accident or injury.

Taking in a horror movie or reading a scary book before bedtime.

A bite to eat right before bed, which boosts the body’s metabolism and brain activity.

An illness accompanied by a fever.

Some medications, such as certain antidepressants, narcotics and barbiturates.