At one point or another, every child was afraid of the dark. The lack of one your most important senses, combined with a fear of the unknown, can make any situation in the dark incredibly terrifying. Though these fears are irrational, kids can have some pretty crazy imaginations.
Referred to as nyctophobia, this fear can sometimes lead to issues with sleep. It may seem like an innocent problem, it has the potential to snowball into something much bigger. Depending on the level of fright experienced, children can suffer from an excessive amount of nightmares leading to bed-wetting, daytime exhaustion, and other symptoms associated with irregular sleep.
Parents should address nighttime fears as soon as they arise. In a WebMD article, Dr. Mary Dobbins – a pediatrician and child psychiatrist in Springfield, Illinois – says, "Reassure your child that his fear of the dark is normal, but don’t get frustrated just because you know what he’s afraid of doesn’t really exist. Don’t say this is stupid, or belittle or tease. While the monsters may not be real, the fear is.”
It's important to support your child in his/her time of need, and a great way of doing this is by allowing the use of "security objects." Things like teddy bears and security blankets can go a long way in bringing comfort to a child, but one of the most common solutions is the use of a nightlight. While almost any source of light will do, fun nightlights bring a sense of ease and lightheartedness to a nighttime routine. What could be more fun than making one of your very own?