Struggling to Sleep

Teething, sickness, and certain developmental milestones are all known to disrupt sleep patterns.

Temperament also plays a lifelong role in how well individuals sleep. Too much napping during the day can also affect nighttime sleep. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider about the problem and ask about steps you can take to resolve it.

Recommendations may include conditioning your child to:

  • an object (a favorite stuffed animal)
  • sound (a music box)
  • some other environmental element that she can rely on to help her get back to sleep

The goal is to help your child find a soothing way to fall back to sleep on his own so that he can develop a healthy pattern of restful sleep.

See also ...

•  Why toddlers suddenly begin waking at night

•  Night waking and sleep associations

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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