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For kids, stresses they encounter during their days at school and at home can manifest as nightmares.
The cause of nightmares in children range from problems at home, problems at school, and stress from sports or schoolwork. Sometimes major changes, such as moving or the illness or death of a loved one, can cause stress that leads to nightmares. Watching scary movies or reading scary books before bed can also bring nightmares on.
Sick kids with a high fever may have nightmares. Parents should let the pediatrician know if the onset of nightmares coincided with the start of a new medication for their child.