One of the most important problems experienced by parents who raise their babies is their babies' night sleeps that do not get into order for a long time. In spite of the phrase ak sleeping like babies en in our language, it is often not a dream for parents to have a deep and uninterrupted night's sleep.
Memorial Antalya Hospital Department of Pediatrics Uz. Dr. Tuna Gül Han, She gave information about how parents should behave to improve sleep patterns in children.
The boy must be in his deep sleep at 10:00!
Children's needs for sleep and the duration of sleep vary according to their growth periods. The newborn is the period that needs the most sleep. The newborn sleep can reach up to 18-20 hours. As the child grows up, his sleep time will be shortened. The growth hormone reaches its highest levels around 22.00 hrs. Therefore, the child should be asleep at any time, regardless of age.
Families should act according to children's order
Regular sleep in children is directly related to regular nutrition. During the adaptation phase of the baby or young child, the authoritarian and consistent behavior of the families will facilitate this process. A healthy child must be in bed at 20.00 or 20.30 at the latest. The idea that the child will go to bed when he comes to sleep is not correct. Because the child who comes to sleep gets more and more active, in this way he misses his own sleep. This vicious cycle causes unrest in the child. However, children have a certain diet and sleep order makes them more peaceful. Therefore, it would be right for the families to sacrifice their private lives and act according to the proper feeding and sleeping patterns for the child.
The child should sleep on his own
Children should be put to bed when they are about to sleep, not asleep. The mother should allow the child to fall asleep on her own. Many scientific studies advocate that öğret to teach the child to sleep on his own ”. A child who is asleep may need to provide certain conditions for sleeping, just like the conditions provided by adults (turning off the light, going to bed, covering the quilt). If the child is accustomed to sleep by shaking, breastfeeding, feeding with a bottle, he will ask for the same conditions when the night's sleep is interrupted. However, when the child is accustomed to sleeping in his bed, he will be able to fall asleep again without any intervention when he wakes up at night. Therefore, if the child does not have a health problem, he should not be hugged even if he cries when he is admitted to bed or left to bed to calm down and sleep again.
Sleep reminders should be repeated every night
From the first months on, certain behaviors and objects that will remind him of sleep will prepare children for sleep. A warm bath, dressed in pajamas, handing a toy just lying on the bed, singing the same lullaby in the dim light, repeating one of them every evening, tells the child that sleep time comes to his body.
Nutrition should be stopped 1 hour before falling asleep
Especially in infants fed with formula, it is not recommended to feed at night after about 10 months. Infants who are breastfed can be fed with the condition that there is no excessive amount at night. Because night feeds can cause frequent problems in children, such as reflux, upper respiratory tract or middle ear infections. Children who eat during the night can also lose appetite for breakfast. For this reason, nutrition should be discontinued in children over 1 year before 1 hour of sleep time. For the last meal to be given, the choice of cereal foods will keep the child full during the night, facilitate the functioning of the digestive system and help metabolism for a comfortable sleep.
If your child does not sleep despite everything
In healthy babies and children, it is in the hands of the family to maintain sleep patterns. If the family provides the child with a regular life for regular sleep and acquires conscious sleeping habits, even the most mischievous and unobtrusive child will resist for a while and then become accustomed to this order. If the child is not sleeping and crying hard after all, this may be a symptom of a disease. It is helpful to get expert help to ensure that the child has a health problem.