Sleep Problems: Tips to fight the sleep problems of children
- When feeding or changing the baby during the night, avoid stimulating him/her too much.
- Parents should not let their children sleep as long during the day.
- Wait a few minutes before you go in to check a crying baby. They will probably settle themselves and fall back to sleep in a few minutes. If baby continues to cry, check on him/her, but avoid turning on the light, playing, picking up, or rocking them. If crying continues or begins to sound frantic, wait a few more minutes and then recheck the baby.
- Establishing a pleasant routine that may include reading, singing, or a warm bath. A regular routine will help the child understand that it will soon be time to go to sleep.
- A consistent schedule and bedtime the same time every night should be made.
- Allow child to take a favorite teddy bear, toy, or special blanket to bed each night
- Avoid letting child sleep with the Parents
- Try not to return to your child’s room every time h/she complains or calls out
For School-aged Children
- Teach school-aged children about healthy sleep habits.
- Continue to emphasize need for regular and consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine.
- Make child’s bedroom conducive to sleep – dark, cool and quiet. Keep TV and computers out of the bedroom.
- Parents should avoid giving caffeine to their children.