Solving Kids’ sleeping problems

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Passed out little people

First I have to say how lovely and child friendly the article I'll be quoting in this post is! I suppose if we (adults) are doing it it's to be expected that children are also searching things like "How-to: stop wetting your bed" and "How:to get people to like you"  especially if they're embarrassed about what's going on. These are a few sleep problems children often have and some suggestions to solve them.

Problem: Nightmares

With my first two babies I had a big problem with this because, well I'm a soft mummy. I love to hold and rock my kids. My biggest problem was that if they thought they saw something in the room or couldn't go back to sleep I would take them to bed with me (I know, bad!) But try leaving your two-year old alone in their room when they're convinced there's an octopus trying to eat them.

Solution:

Children are advised to stay away from scary television shows, movies and video games. Sometimes an age restriction isn't enough, I advise parents to judge what they think their young children may or may not find upsetting. i.e My Girl

Problem: Trouble falling asleep

From the workload they have in school, extramural activities and their chores at home it's very hard to imagine children and teens having a hard time falling asleep but all that worrying about the debate team, soccer practice and the party next weekend can prevent children falling alseep.

Solution:

The article on webmd.com provides the following solutions:

1. To make their bedroom a sleep friendly area "Make your bedroom comfortable and quiet to help you sleep. Wear comfy PJs. Close your bedroom door to block out noises"

2. Create a sleep schedule: I'm a huge fan of this! From a young age I've tried to put my children to bed at the same time and set waking alarms for the same time. The body gets used to a routine.

3. The last solution is to talk over what's worrying you.Whether with a trusted friend, sibling or a parent.

Problem: Bed-wetting

This problem can be very embarrassing for children, often some learn sooner than others even though potty-training is started at the same time.

Solution:

1. No drinks close to bedtime, in my house the rule was than bed-wetters have no drinks during dinner or later.

2. Always use the bathroom before bed.

3. Wake up at night to use the bathroom. I encourage parents to help their children by waking them up and getting their bodies used to going to the bathroom several times in a night.

I hope this has gone a long way in helping you solve you kids' sleeping problems

 

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