Kids and Sleep
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If your kids aren't sleeping, chances are you aren't getting your ZZZ's either. Children's sleep disorders can affect the whole family. Whether the problem is adjusting to daylight-saving time or has been going on for months, help is on the way. Children's sleep expert Jodi Mindell, PhD, joined us on April 5, 2005 to answer your questions.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.
However, last year's Sleep Foundation's poll of sleep in children ages zero to 10 found 74% of parents want to change something about their child's sleep. Basically that means sleep issues are a universal problem for parents and children.
Some children get more upset when you check on them. However, please do make sure that you go in because leaving a child to cry for a long time usually makes the process longer.
Typically you find that the second night is worse than the first night, but then you'll be over the hump and your child will start falling asleep much quicker and easier.
Developing good sleep habits includes:
If you do that, your baby will start sleeping for long stretches without tears.
When your baby is sick, it is best to go and comfort her. However, don't go rushing in, as you may find that she'll often soothe herself back to sleep without your help. You may end up waking her more by going in every time.
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