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Light in the Dark: Helping your Child With Nighttime Fears

sad girl When the lights go out at night, in your child’s imagination, any shadow is a tentacled monster — a sweatshirt on a chair becomes a hairy beast waiting to strike. Being afraid of the dark — or any imaginary creatures that suddenly appear when the lights go out — is very common for many children. But for some children, this fear is more acute and keeps them awake, preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep.

If your child is having trouble with her fear of the dark, there are ways you can help her get through this tough period.

Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD
Date: May 2013

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