How to get  a Difficult Child to Sleep

I spend most of my week with mums and babies and I always ask mum's how their child is sleeping. A good night sleep is essential for a growing child but also essential for a mum. Mum's need a good night's sleep too!

Here are some tips that may help you get your child to sleep.

if bedtime is a struggle or your child has difficulty to fall asleep, try the following:

1- Avoid high sugar levels and E number foods for dinner.
2- Switch off all devices 1 hour before bed (no screens).
3- incorporate a bedtime routine that the child will recognise every night. ie: dinner, bath, pyjamas, brushing their teeth and toilet, focus/calming exercise (colouring, reading to the parent when of age) and bed.
4- warn the child of their approaching bedtime and announce routine and get them to agree.
5- you can even set up a reward star chart i.e.: they get a star the next morning for a smooth bedtime.

here are some useful calming exercises to do before sleep.

http://connectability.ca/2010/09/23/calming-strategies-to-use-with-children/

This article is by Eglantine Hallo, the osteopath in Islington who specialises in treating mum's and babies. If you are a mum-to-be or a recent mum and want to see Eglantine at our Islington clinic please click below to make an appointment, or call the Islington clinic on 020 7288 2999



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