Nightmares can be scary for children and parents.
"Children usually begin having nightmares between the ages of three and six years old," says Thomas Dunigan, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System pediatrician. "Nightmares usually start to decrease after the age of 10. The content of childhood nightmares varies with age. Younger children might have nightmares about monsters, while older kids have nightmares about school or difficulties at home."
Dr. Dunigan says nightmares can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Stress from everyday life
- Large changes, such as a move or death in the family
- Lack of sleep
- Watching scary movies or reading scary books