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How To Get An Infant To Sleep
Comforting routine: Although babies may understand being tired, they don't understand the concept of sleep. They drift into sleep like adults in a boring lecture. Your tiredness routein should focus on settling baby down and excluding harsh distractions. A little light can help baby be aware of their comfort place; soft background noise from a fan or radio turned low. Put them down awake & don't change anythiing. ...Read more
Be consistent: Have a stable bedtime preceded by reading, prayers and other soothing rituals (not stimulants like tv, video games or active play). Set expectations that the child will fall asleep in his own bed. Explain that, if he gets out of bed, you'll walk him back in from behind without talking or making eye contact. He'll test you by getting worse before he gets better, but stick to it till he complies. ...Read more
Consistency: I will preface by saying i'm glad i don't live in your house. First, a calm, consistent bed time routine. Put them to bed while almost asleep but still awake, and allow them to fall asleep on their own. Let them fuss and cry a few minutes, comfort, put down, and leave. After a period of time, they will sleep. Even if it takes a few days. Consistently using the crib as the sleep place works. ...Read more
Are you & Dad ready?: When you stop rewarding his behavior by allowing him in your bed, you must ignore his protests, which increase in frequency & intensity at first, every night until he stays in his own bed.Tell him you'll read, kiss & leave him to fall asleep in his own bed & stay there till am.When he gets up, put him back to bed. Don't talk or make eye contact. Repeat till he "gets it." see aap.Org for more tips. ...Read more
Try cold remedies to: Decrease your symptoms. For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. Consider an oral decongestant. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Melatonin can be >. ...Read more
Help settle: You can't " make" a child eat, sleep or use the potty. Do what dr. Carlin recommended, wipe out baby's mouth after the last feed & put him in his crib in his own room, drowsy but awake at the same time every night. Most healthy infants don't need a middle of the night feed after 6 months, when night waking becomes a learned behavior. American academy of pediatrics has a good book on birth-5. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Improve your sleep: #1 Make sure you don't have a sleep disorder. Common ones are sleep apnea, restless legs, insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders # 2 Examine your stress, diet and exercise levels # 3 Develop a nighttime ritual to help you relax prior to sleeping. Take a warm shower, sit quietly and focus on your breathing, turn off your phone for this # 4 Talk to a sleep doctor. See my profile for more info. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Breastfeed on demand: If you are breastfeeding your newborn, he will want to eat very often, every 1-2hrs, until your milk comes in. After that, he will be be able to wait 2-4h. A formula fed child will eat every 2-4hrs. The amount a baby takes increases with age, from about 1 oz (30 ml) per feed at birth to about 3-4 oz per feed at 4 weeks. You should be checking your baby pees with each diaper and poops 4-7 times/day. ...Read more
Sleep: In general please read about sleep hygiene google it also, melatonin can help advance your sleep phase or early morning light done under care of a sleep specialist short term meds like Ambien (zolpidem) can help a lot cbti aka cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia is the best for long run. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Routine: Make certain granpa follows the same routine and expectations that parents do and consequences for not following rules should be the same unless predetermined otherwise ...Read more
Ibuprofen: If your child is really miserable due to teething ibuprofen can help. Cold is also sometimes soothing so a smoothie Ice pop can get the needed calories and fluids. If your child is really not eating you can try chilled or frozen pediasure until he/she feels a little better. Good Luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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