Remedies to sleep problems of babies and children who have a solution Part 3

The older baby who wakes up many times

“My 24-month-old son wakes up very often at night. I comfort him, and he falls asleep again… until soon after he wakes up again, ” says a father. It is a very common case. It happens because at this age the child lives a multitude of experiences that he is not yet able to assimilate, and this makes him have a restless sleep, sometimes accompanied by fears. To this he joins that he still does not distinguish between reality and dreams.

What can you do

  • Make sure the last hours of the day are calm. Avoid rough games and encourage your child to draw pictures, to model with modeling clay …
  • Go to your bedroom as soon as you wake up; his nerves prevent him from falling asleep alone.
  • It may be a good idea for a few days to let him sleep in your room, so that he feels accompanied and is not afraid. Once you get to sleep better, take him back to his bedroom, celebrating the passage as a true triumph.

The boy who has nightmares

Nightmares, very common between 2 and 4 years, are an escape valve for the child: thus expressing their fears and insecurities.

What can you do

  • Comfort your son by telling him something like “it’s over, it’s over”, give him some water or warm milk (drink reassures) and stay with him until he goes back to sleep.
  • The next day, ask her to tell you about that nightmare that scares her so much and encourage her to draw a picture of her. Then, suggest that you change the end of your dream to a more pleasant one.
  • Reading stories on the subject will also help you a lot.

The boy who has night terrors

By 3 years it is normal that in the middle of the night the child begins to scream in terror and that if the mother or father go to his side, check that he has wide eyes, but does not see them. They are the night terrors, which unlike nightmares occur in the deepest phase of sleep (so the child does not just wake up).

What can you do

  • Do not wake him, stay with him and see how the situation takes place (intervene if it can be harmed).
  • Don’t hug him if he rejects you. On the contrary, do it hard if you see that reassures you.
  • Try to keep calm: even if you look scared, there is no danger of anything happening to you.
  • From now on, ensure that your child has moments of tranquility throughout the day and prevents him from getting exhausted to bed. Exhaustion, overexcitation and tensions favor the emergence of these terrors.

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