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My little cousin is staying with me tonight (she is 12) because her mom is in Europe on business. She suffers from panic attacks and needs to go to bed early.. i tried to read her a story, brush her hair, and sing to her, but now she is shaking with tears in her eyes, with her mind telling her something bad is going to happen ( her disease does this to her) How can I help her to calm down and get to sleep? thank you for your time.
Carrie7 Carrie7 51-55, F 13 Answers Nov 26, 2012 in WTK

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Leave all the lights on and crawl in bed and with her and hold her till she falls asleep. both of you under the covers. She will feel more secure with the weight on her.

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also try leaving the lights on and crawling under the bed and coloring with her. Make it a game. Make it like camping. The more closed in she is with you the safer she will feel. and coloring will take her attention off of it. best of luck honey.

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Comfort her and be there for her. Tell her words of solace, make her something to eat, bake her something, take her for a drive or something.

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ask her to explain what she is afraid of...she is 12, not 2. speak to her like you would a teenager, not a child. Panic attacks have some origin. she was not born with them. try to find out what started it.

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give her a sleeping pill

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Give music a try. It might calm her. If it's not working, you can also sing along. Watch a fun movie together in bed. Don't leave her alone tonight simply because without mom there, everything's different and that will just exacerbate the problem.

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good question. try to know the origin. observe her, give optimistic views, tame her brave, encourage her even if she is wrong. gradually she will improve. probably she experienced worst in her childhood.

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You'll probably have to lie in bed with her. Whatever you do don't tell her the monsters are coming.

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ask her what she has done in the past... redirect.

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Looks like you're in for an all-nighter

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you're in trouble

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