Is your child having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep? Occasional sleeplessness is usually nothing to worry about, but if your child is suffering from prolonged lack of sleep, it can have harmful physical and mental effects. Your pediatrician can help.
Your child needs to sleep well because sleeping helps to:
So, how much sleep does your child need? According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, these are the recommendations of hours of sleep needed within a 24-hour period:
To help your child sleep better, you should:
Developing a ritual is also helpful to induce sleep. The ritual will signal to your child that it’s time for sleep. Reading to your child, or having your child read before bed, or take a warm bath are excellent choices for better sleep.
To find out more tips on how to help your child sleep better, talk with an expert. Call your pediatrician today.
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