Why is it important for the baby to sleep well? What could be the cause of the disorder? What can be done to ensure that the baby develops a good relationship with the baby? About the topic that interests our parents …
1) Why is it important for baby to sleep well?
It is during sleep that the growth hormone is secreted and given this alone enough to make it clear that a baby who sleeps well without interruption and for a reasonable number of hours is destined to develop his own not only physical potentials but also psychic.
In addition, and it is not small, children who have no sleep problems grant their parents the precious opportunity to sleep at night and be therefore more patient, less stressed, more listening and even more united as a couple.
2) Growth hormone is secreted only during sleep?
Yes, the growth hormone, also called GH from the initials of the English definition Growth hormone, is produced by the pituitary gland that is a gland placed in the center of the head. It is only during the deep sleep that is secreted so it goes without saying that a baby who sleeps little or better, hours less than his sleep needs can not grow according to his own potentialities.
3) Is it just the nighttime sleep that stimulates the pituitary to produce the GH?
Growth hormone is also produced during deep daytime sleep. However, the amount is lower than the one that is secreted at night and that is why it is always best to give priority to the baby’s nocturnal rest. Three hours of daytime sleep do not have the same beneficial effect as three hours of night sleep.
4) Having a baby who is sleeping well since the first months of life is just a fortune or is there a skill component?
It should be assumed that on the front of sleep the baby is born “learned”. She knows how to sleep without it being necessary to teach her. However, it is certain that the need for sleep and the consequent number of hours a small spouse sleeps also depend on the temperament of the single baby, which may be more or less peaceful. The point is that there are often mistakes that may hinder the baby’s sleep well at night, that is to fall asleep without difficulty and to have a sleep that goes without interruption for a reasonable time (about nine to ten hours).
5) Can you explain what these mistakes might be?
The most common thing is to offer her breast every time she wakes up at night, no matter how long she has passed since her last meal and then she is really hungry. In the first months, which is the time when this mistake is more common, it would be advisable to give it to eat at night only when at least 3-4 hours have passed since the last meal, that is, only when you are sure that weeping is due to starvation. Moms must therefore “really” listen to the baby so that they can be sure of understanding the reason for her crying, which is not always and not automatically due to hunger. On the other hand, if it is the cuddle that the little one claims is more than just content with it.
6) What are the other mistakes that can help sleep disorders?
Another common mistake is the habit of helping the baby fall asleep, wanting to tease him, want to welcome him in Latvian, without allowing him to slip into sleep as he would actually be able to do. On the other hand, if the baby is put in his bed and greeted briefly with a kiss, a caress and some affectionate word of recklessness limits the risk of starting and then continuing to rebel about the need to sleep. In summary, the baby should not be induced to think that they need support for sleep, because in fact sleep can be done autonomously.
7) What should be done when I put it in bed?
The small ritual of the night, which can consist, for example, of engaging in the night light and gathering the teddy bear together, can be important because it stigmatizes the end of the day (and therefore the activities) and the arrival of the evening the period to be devoted to rest.
8) What should be avoided before the baby?
No exciting game should be made from late afternoon ahead and the table atmosphere during dinner should be serene (no tedious tones, no television on, no violent lights). When it comes time to go to bed you just have to put your baby in bed and after a while get away. Reading a fairy tale or pampering should be done on the couch, so that the message is clearly transmitted to bed as it sleeps enough.
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9) But from what world is world the fairy reads after having put it to bed. It will be difficult for someone to accept the new tradition …
That it is best to read on the couch to make the baby realize that the bed is just made to sleep is just the theory. Exceptions are admissible whether you want to give up the tradition and especially if reading after having put it in bed is strategically effective to make it slip serenely into sleep. It is certain that common sense and attention to what can be functional to the well-being of a baby is more than the general guiding principle, but also serves as an indication. The goal to be achieved is that the baby is well-off: whatever path it is to reach it is persuadable, beyond what the scientific community proposes as a good general rule.
10) Could it explain better how evening should be pointed out?
Ideally, the baby’s evening should be so marked: at seven o’clock the bath, then the dinner to follow the reading, the ritual of bedtime and the commotion. Of course it’s just an example.
11) And when you wake up at night crying how should you behave?
You have to run quickly and make sure everything is OK, not to be bothered by dirty diapers, a roller, hot or cold and of course not hungry. If all is well and you can imagine that awakening does not depend on anything special, you should caress it a bit, to make him feel that he is not alone, but never take it in his arms and not offer him milk automatically (unless he has few months and has passed a proper interval from the last meal).
12) In the Latvian sleep better?
I make a premise: sleep is the only activity that the human being carries out in an absolutely autonomous way, as evidenced by the fact that in sleep all but just all tend to avoid any direct contact with the body of those next to it. Here, then, children cannot sleep well in the Latvian because inevitably the closeness of the bodies of the parents becomes an element of disturbance for them. It’s fine, however, in the first six months of life to keep the cot in the master bedroom in order to be able to intervene in case of need, but it is advisable not to go beyond this. In general, it has never been shown that children who sleep in Latvia have a longer and quieter sleep than peers who are placed in the cot.
13) What should I do when a baby begins to refuse to go to bed when the baby’s day comes?
It takes patience and firmness. The ideal would never fall back on, showing themselves determined to put it in bed. However, as often happens, there have been precedents, it must be borne in mind that to reset the proper habit of sleeping without making stories it will take a little more time. The important thing is not to deviate anymore: at the time of the baby, which should not be longer than 21.30, the baby should be accompanied in his bed.
14) Do you have to let her cry desperately, in case she does not want to know how to sleep well?
Yes, you should let it cry, but with extreme measure, that is to say, for a very short time, that only with the passage of days can become slightly (and reasonably) longer. You can start by letting it weep for two minutes, then for three, then at most for five, so you have to intervene. With a view to effective sleep education when you go to console it should not take it in your arms while it is advisable to offer you physical contact, caressing and touching it. It is also good to talk to him subtly, affectionately, to make him feel that he is not alone, that Mom is there and watch over him.
15) Can teddy be served?
Yes, because it has a consolatory power. It is called transitional object because it “holds the place of mom” and somehow represents it. Even the pacifier can be helpful when it comes to falling asleep, because it promotes relaxation. It is also assumed that in the first months of life the pacifier may decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome), also known as “cradle death”. It remains to be said that the most important precautionary rule against this dramatic event is to keep the baby always and only to belly up, at least until he is able to turn himself and hence to abandon spontaneously the position he is set when you put it in bed.
16) If you are caught up with a little baby who sleeps badly and badly, how should you behave to solve the situation?
First of all, we must rule out that there is an organic problem at the origin of sleep disorder. Tonsil enlargement, for example, which, making breathing difficult, becomes the major cause of continuous awakening. There are other problems that may negatively affect sleep, and among them the most common are atopic dermatitis, asthma, otitis, gastroesophageal reflux. When a baby wakes up often at night, it is always essential, before thinking of a psychological source, to evaluate his health condition.
17) Once the physical causes are gone, can you take medication to sleep?
If drugs are meant for sleeping pills (for example, benzodiazepines) that are used for adults I say no, which are to be avoided. Only in very exceptional and selected cases, after five years of age, direct and close medical control can be given small amounts of serotonergic drugs, which are also used for depressive forms. But in general, I would say that it is best to avoid.
18) Can melatonin be used and if so in what cases?
Melatonin can be used in case of difficult sleep. There is no need to avoid nighttime awakening or prolonging sleep time, but it can help the baby slide into sleep. It can be administered after the year of life for a few months. It can be purchased freely, but it is always better to deal with the pediatrician before administering it, even to have dose information.
19) Are there other remedies that can help a good nun?
It has recently been observed that there is a natural remedy that can promote sleep and can be used safely after the year of life. It consists of administering the baby about 30 minutes before bedding a handful of cereal with a spoonful of honey. These foods improve the absorption of tryptophan, which is the precursor amino acid of melatonin (the sleep and relaxation hormone) and serotonin, the substance that plays a prominent role in the mechanisms that regulate mood tone. Before the year of life, it is best not to resort to this remedy because there may be a substance (botulinum toxin) in the honey that can be badly tolerated by very small children.
20) Will the afternoon sun be eliminated if the baby sleeps at night?
The sun has a regenerating effect, especially if it is not necessary to impose it, but it is the baby himself who manifests the need to rest after lunch. If the baby has difficulty sleeping at night, it is best to avoid the sun shrinking too much, otherwise the nighttime sleep disturbance may worsen. After a maximum of one hour of sleep, she should be awake with sweetness.