To help children have good sleep needs to start early in the first months. The advice from the Pediatric Doctors Conference.
A good sleep is the basis of good health. But many of us can be parents of children struggling to sleep, or sleeping, or even awakening during sleep.
There are children who have sleep disturbances, such as sleepwalking or suffering from insomnia.
In popular tradition it is thought that not sleeping in the early months is a normal fact. That will pass.
According to the opinion of pediatric doctors, good sleep must be set up since the first months of the baby’s life.
Good sleep is the result of a series of adaptations on the part of the child to its new outside environment, both by parents and pediatricians, who must make every effort to understand and adapt to the child’s rhythms.
The pediatricians, at this convention, organized by the Pediatric Physicians Federation, have prepared a Decalogue of parental advice, small indications to help children’s good sleep …
How to help children have a good sleep
Build with your child a ritual path that precedes sleeping: a song, a fairy tale, but also the choice of pajamas or a bed to wear.
It’s important to let the baby fall asleep in his room and in his bed. Avoid having it fall asleep in your arms or other places, associating your bed with sleep. Otherwise, when he wakes up, the child will find himself in a place he does not recognize, and he wants to go back to his parents’ arms to fall asleep.
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Avoid playing the night with the baby.
Avoid giving you a “drink” (milk, drinks, herbal teas, etc.) before and during your sleep. Nocturnal awakenings are the representation of a “discomfort”, they manifest discomfort are therefore unconscious defense mechanisms.
When the baby cries reassuring you with a caress, check for any ‘need’ (hunger, thirst, diaper change, etc …).
Do not turn on the lights and speak in low voice.
Try to resist, do not run into his room just crying.
The environment where the baby sleeps must be quiet, as silent as possible and not illuminated with a comfortable temperature (around 20°C).
The baby has to sleep to belly up.
Do not smoke at home, passive smoking is harmful and it’s important not to cover it too much. These steps are important for preventing SIDS (Cow Death Syndrome).
Do not use drugs or natural remedies to induce sleep, often do not solve the problem and can give a paradoxical effect: to excite instead of calming down. They should only be used under medical supervision, sometimes they are indispensable, to correct bad habits.