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daughter dreams of big fish consistent

My daughter who is 3 gonna be for in a week had been constantly dreaming about big fish she is terrified to the point she wakes up screaming every night aanywhere between 3 & 5 am. She tells us that the big fish is going to get her. She sometimes says they are in her bed... what does this mean? Im worried about my princess she always has bag under her eyes due to lack of sleep please interpret and if u have any suggestions I would appreciate it.

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Re: daughter dreams of big fish consistent

worried momma,
If the nightmares continue then there is a reason for them and you should try and discover what that might be. Dreams are about the emotions but a 3 year old's dream would be different from an adult's dreams. Usually these type dreams are brought on by something that frightened your daughter during waking hours. And usually these are benign issues that will go away within time. But if there is something out of the norm in your daughter's life, either psychological or physical, something that frightens her because they were/are psychologically damaging {or possibly physically} then the dream could be dealing with an issue that needs attention and resolution {nature's intent for dreams is to help resolve emotional issues}. Is there anything that could be psychologically damaging in your child's life, physical or emotional abuse? If she is losing sleep on a continuous basis then there is likely something in her life causing it, something beyond the normal 'frights' {a TV show that frightened her, or reading a scary story}.

There is the possibility the dream is pointing to something physical. It is not an everyday occurrence for dreams to point to physical aliments but it happens. If the nightmares continue and there is not any psychological cause for them then take her to your physician for a checkup. Give it another week and it the dream nightmares continue take her to a doctor just to be safe.

As for the image of the big fish in a dream. In an adult's dream a fish could point to religious or spiritual issues {see fish in dream dictionaries at top of page}. Often the fish symbol denotes the true self, the inner being beyond the ego centered perceived person we think we are. But a 3 year old child's mind hasn't developed to the point where there are built up emotional issues {unless there is something wrong psychologically already in her life}. The big fish could be pointing to 'something big' that is taken place in her life that is frightening. Consciously she may be unable to communicate what that is but her true self, her unconscious mind has stored the experiences in her mind and uses symbolic images to describe the experience {dreams speak in a language of symbol and metaphor}. If there is something 'big' about her that is not readily visible then it could be something invisible that the psyche has taken note of. Normally it would be psychological but it could be a physical ailment. Losing sleep and bags under her eyes is not normal over a long period of time.

Give it a week or so and if the nightmares continue then take her to your physician {physical doctor}. In the mean while make sure nothing is psychologically wrong in her life. If it is something benign the nightmares will cease. If not then look for the reason for the ongoing nightmare dreams.

Jerry

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