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How To Get An Over Tired Baby 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
In his own bed: Rock, read, nurse, then wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth even before teeth erupt. Put him in his own crib in his own room, drowsy but awake, the same time every night.Stop the bedtime pacifier by 3-4 mos. Healthy 6-mo.-old's don't need a night feed (check with his pede) & become trained night criers if parents even go in & make eye contact with them, trained night feeders if you keep feeding. ...Read more
Calm bedtime routine: From birth to about 15-18 months, a baby can be taught to sleep in a crib. After 15-18 months, some babies can climb out of a crib. From the beginning, parents should keep a consistent, unexciting bedtime routine, so their baby gets sleepy instead of stimulated. After putting the baby down to sleep, parents should stay where the baby cannot see them, if their baby is a hard-to-fall-asleep baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the longest to let a 6.5 week old baby cry. I am struggling to get her to go down for sleep. And want her to learn to self soothe.?
10-15 minutes: I am old school. For the first 4 months, don't let her cry for more than 10-15 minutes. After 4 months they have established eating and often sleep patterns and start solids. Then it is ok to let them cry a little longer to learn to self- soothe. The first few months, responding to their needs fosters positive things like feeling safe, confident, cared for. Listen to your instincts too! ...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
Keep a routine: Have a bedtime routine. Remember babies learn by association, so if the last thing he remembers is being rocked to sleep, that is what he will expect as this is what he knows. Place the baby in his crib when he is sleepy and avoid rocking or feeding right before you put him to sleep. Help him develop self soothing skills. Be patient, he is just learning and it will take a bit of time. ...Read more
Rule out problems: Make sure there are no problems causing lack of sleep as in hunger, bloating from bacterial imbalance. If these things are clear. Try a drop of pharmaceutical grade essential oil of lavendar available at many health food stores. Place a drop at base of the neck for best results. Several drops in a tbsp of olive oil and massaged into feet, back or chest provides excellent bonding experience. ...Read more
I'm in high school.I need to get to bet by 8:00 pm to get 9hours of sleep.I find myself stating up until 11 pm. What can I do to get to bed on time ?
Good sleep hygiene: Many of us in the medical profession are chronic offenders of that, so you aren't alone. :) what we advise is good "sleep hygiene, " meaning not watching tv right before bed, not exercising within a couple hours, only using the bedroom for sleep and not for tv/computer/etc., not eating right before sleep, avoiding caffeine, etc. Sometimes medications can help as a last resort. Best of luck! ...Read more
What can I do to help me get to sleep at night? Trouble getting to sleep i will be sleeping on the chair, but when i go to bed be wide awake.
Consider melatonin. Sleep hygiene is key. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, along w light reading or warm bath.
I trying to get information on how to get baby to drop and what can I do to keep heart rate normal almost 38 weeks?
Walk: Walking might help but you normally just have to wait. It should drop in the next 2 weeks. If the baby is doing Ok then the hear rate should stay normal. ...Read more
I'm taking an overnight flight and I need something that will help me sleep. I tend to get a little anxious and therefore unable to sleep.
Calm flight: You might try Melatonin, which is OTC. But check with your pcp first. An eye mask may also help. Avoid caffeine the day before until you've landed as it will keep you awake and heighten anxiety. Listen to "sleep music" or whatever soothing sounds you prefer on youtube. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Good sleep routine: This is possible for almost all little ones, but is more than can be described in 400 characters. Consistency, a regular sleep routine, keeping the home quiet and dark at night, and helping them learn to self-settle are essential. Talk with your pediatrician about the details, but know that it is possible - once you are ready! (the secondary gain from "comforting" your baby at night is powerful.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I constantly struggle getting to sleep. It usually takes me like 2-3there something i can do to help me get to sleep?
Sleep hygiene: 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. ...Read more
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