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Friday, June 8, 2012

Causes and Factors Infants do not Sleep Well


I found in my experience  working as a nurse in area of  pediatrician also  for many years in Child Care Centers which  gave me the opportunity to communicate with close parents,  whom said have  a problem at bedtime of their infants  that do not sleep enough.

There are infants who fall asleep easily and others, however are particularly difficult to sleeping, with all attempts to achieve no success.
Is that there are not magic formulas and why parents should be patient and wait until this problem go away, but always offering their children the necessary tranquility so that they can fall asleep, little by little avoiding all kinds of disturbances.

Establish a bedtime ritual, which involves respecting meal times also bath is a great prediction to achieve the goal that the child settles go to sleep, but always keep in mind that the temperamental factor affects every individual. Some need more get time to sleep than others taking shortly simply.
Nighttime sleep is preceded by a period of about two hours, called the twilight of sleep, in other words, when the body prepares for sleep

Here is the question and answers can help you to handle these problems.

How many hours  sleep a child needs?

From one year of age, children sleep about 10 hours at night and two or three during the day, although this rule does not apply to everyone.

Is it common for a child to sleep through the night without interruptions?

It is learned gradually, although some children do others first and unaltered. There are some who wake up at midnight, but return to sleep.
What is happening when the child refuses to sleep alone?

You may have some fears (of darkness, separation from parents). Be sympathetic with them, but you have to go to sleep without help that child need go to sleep as schedule

What if instead of sleeping to play?

It does not take cases to their claims, not turn on the light in his room and, for any reason, get in the game that is cause for concern or distraction.

Do I need to sleep with a pacifier?

Up to two years, in most cases, the pacifier serves multiple functions, especially that of reassuring the child. At night, when he wakes up, helps you sleep, since the suction has a calming effect.

Why do some children move much during the night?

Sleep has several stages. Is intense from light to deep to REM where brain activity what dreams causes the child to behave as if he were awake, with sudden muscle movements, kicking, postural changes, etc.

What to do when a child wakes up frightened?

Many of the experiences that happen in the day, when awake, appear at night, you should go to her room in silence, in his arms to grab and find  what it is the uncomfortable that bother completely and provide the comfort that they need.

If you constantly uncovers, should sleep warm?

Parents fear that with so much movement of your child, you can uncover and cold. Before adjusting sheets or place several blankets, it is best to dress it up with these pajamas that include the whole body and feet, which is comfortable and not too hot to stop you sweating.lok a quality of type of fabric  as a cover or blanked

Are sedatives advisable for children with irregular sleep? 

Never give sedatives, nor infusions or sweeteners. Only exceptionally the pediatrician may prescribe medication to help him sleep.

What is the best dinner to sleep better?

With a balanced diet and food needs covered there is a dinner better than another. It is advisable to avoid eating too light so as not to wake up hungry, nor those very abundant,
 because they disturb sleep. There are also some sweeter foods that can cause thirst during the night.

What are the causes of poor sleep can make a child?

It may be that a child sleep well for months, but then start a period of instability and wake up with the same frequency as when he was a newborn. We must review your routine: changing dinner, bath, change of house or room. Situations can also influence nervous or family stress.

What to do when you want to sleep?

There are children that structure a habit of lying, orderly and systematic, as they assume this as normal. At first hard to establish, because the child wants to sleep at the time it deserves. This is fixed easily by setting a schedule and routine of lying.
The child when within 10 minutes of bedtime, to finish with games and activities and be prepared to lie down and sleep.
Turning off or lowering the volume on the TV and radio, with low lighting creates an atmosphere of night in the house.


If that indeed the child had no sleep, you must make him understand that it needs to rest and have to lie. At these times you can take advantage of reading, listening to music.
If the child has a hard time getting up in the morning and if during the day walking in a bad mood, you may be missing sleep. Put him to bed earlier or let a little nap.
Finally, remember that all children like to feel that their parents come to them before bedtime. Do not waste the opportunity to add a greeting of good nights in the routine of lying.




For more knowledge “You Child Development and behavior Resources” under University of Michigan Health System a guide to information and support for parents