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what can i do with ds5 'hearing noises in his bedroom'

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LilyLoo Sun 19-Aug-07 20:40:12

This started 3 nights ago. He woke at 4.30 am saying there was a snake in his room. I resettled him he then shouted tem min later there were noises and was really upset. In the end i gave in and let him get in our bed( he never does this) Then for the past couple of nights he has been playing up going to bed saying there were all manner of things in his room.
Tonight he was shouting get out of my room whatever you are.
Is this a normal phase as he has always settled well at bedtime and not had disturbed sleep for the last couple of years.

bran Sun 19-Aug-07 20:49:07

How old is he?

My 3 yr old has a thing about spiders in his bedroom and wakes and cries, but if one of us goes in and says that there aren't any spiders in the room then he settles again. Is he old enough to understand about the difference between dreams and reality? There may be some books out there about dreams and how to deal with them (there are books about everything else so probably about dreams too).

LilyLoo Sun 19-Aug-07 20:52:32

He 5. That's what i h thought with it being a dream but he's know saying it before going to sleep, or do you think this is him just remebering the dream.

expatinscotland Sun 19-Aug-07 20:53:02

We have monster spray.

It's really this:
www.friendlybaby.co.uk/skincare/outandaboutspray.html but the sleepytime stuff.

LilyLoo Sun 19-Aug-07 20:58:17

ooh good idea i have some lavender room spray and am sure he would like that idea.

expatinscotland Sun 19-Aug-07 21:01:23

It's monster spray, Lily!

Print you out a nice label, 'Monster Spray
Warning: toxic to monsters, spiders, ghouls and all forms of night creatures.'

bran Sun 19-Aug-07 21:01:24

I don't think they always know the difference between a dream and reality until they're older. DS woke up one night yelling about the big spider at the end of his bed, I did have a bit of a look around for it but when he said it had talked to him I realised that it was a dream, it had seemed as real as reality to ds. So your ds may still think that he really saw a snake if you haven't explicitly explained that it must have been a dream.

Have you considered a white noise maker of some sort to help with the noises he's hearing? You can buy cds of white noise and just put the player onto repeat.

KTNoo Sun 19-Aug-07 21:41:38

LOVE the idea of monster spray!

My ds(4) has worked out he gets cuddles etc if he has a nightmare. He's never been a great sleeper so his imagination has now gone into overdrive thinking up suitable dream scenarios that will get him into our bed.

He now uses anything he can think of - noises, funny smells, the dark - any excuse to get out of bed and he appears most nights at my side. I want him to know he can come if he really needs me but it's all getting a bit ridiculous.

I'm going to give him a can of this spray to keep by his bed.

MerlinsBeard Sun 19-Aug-07 21:44:08

we had a monster spray for a while. just some water in a spray bottle you get for misting flowers. worked well.

also, if he doesn't have one, get him a torch so that he can have alook round his room. shadows can be really scary if their imagination is going wild.

KerryMumbledore Sun 19-Aug-07 21:45:43

Night Light.

Hall Light.

Door open.

Also we had amazing success with drawing all the monsters. I xdh and ds1 used to sit around drawing pictures of the scariest monsters they could think of and then pasting them on his door.

See his monsters scared off any other ones.

He was about 5 as well.

LilyLoo Tue 21-Aug-07 09:04:13

Thanks all he has a night light. We had the same last night he said he doesn't like his room anymore, he likes mine! and was back to the snake story.
I have got the monster spray ready and we will try that tonight.
Do you thikn it' sowrth sitting down with him in his room and talking it through with him when it's daylight or will that mean i'm making a bigger issue and making it more real for him?

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