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Is it normal for a 9yo to sleep in the same bed as a parent?

Is it normal for a 9yo to sleep in the same bed as a parent?

Sure: Personally, I don't like the idea for my kids. But professionally, I think it's a parental decision. This will not make a bad child or screw them in any grand fashion. This is a personal choice for each family. The question simply is - what do the parents want. If you don't mind, fine. If you do mind, then get to work on easing your children back into their beds. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children  to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

The AAP, in your: Hometown, has a healthy child app that addresses sleep issues. In many cultures, the "family bed" is a necessity. Infants who learn to fall asleep in their own beds by 1-4 months consolidate sleep & night-wake less. Co-sleeping can impede a child's development of independent self-calming skills, if it's not a cultural norm. Family therapy would help everyone get to sleep in his/her own bed. ...Read more

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How old is too old to sleep in a bed with parents, if a child can't sleep alone?

How old is too old to sleep in a bed with parents, if a child can't sleep alone?

Never: Having the child sleep with you is automatically bad---period! try a night light and insist that he stays in his own room. Sometimes you "have to be cruel to be kind" and well informed discipline is a necessity. ...Read more

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What is the best way to teach a 3yo child to sleep in his bed and not to move to parents bed every night?

What is the best way to teach a 3yo child to sleep in his bed and not to move to parents bed every night?

Persistence: A 3 year old can wear a parent out on anything - they have nothing better to do with their life, so if they want something (to sleep in your bed) they usually have much more persistance and stamina to hold out than you do. When you decide enough is enough, you have to commit to never letting them come into your bed - even if it means you have to get up 100 times a night to put them back in theirs! ...Read more

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My 9 year old son wraps his bed sheet completely around his head when sleeping. Any idea why he would do this?

My 9 year old son wraps his bed sheet completely around his head when sleeping. Any idea why he would do this?

Comfortable humidity: Your exhaled-air is perfect in moisture balance thus comfortable to the nose during colder/drier months as in many nights of winter. Covering the head traps moisture and thus more comfortable to breath via nose. The sheets are quite thin and air can pass through with ease, thus not concerning for oxygenation problem. Mine kids do same, as i too at times... ...Read more

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Why do parents think we should sleep more? We do on weekends.

Why do parents think we should sleep more? We do on weekends.

Sleep how much: It depends when you go to bed and when you wake up.Human body needs at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep, some need more then the others.If you do not get enough sleep you are not able to concentrate and as a result your performance in school or at job suffers.Thats the reason parents want you to have enough sleep, because you need sleep to perform.So sleep well and sleep good.Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

What can I do to get a 9 year old child's cough to calm down enough for him to go to sleep?

Find the cause: You need to know first what is causing him to be coughing that much. Asthma, post nasal drip, regurgiation can cause cough, let his doctor evaluate him. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with sleep shift work disorder if you happen to be a stay at home parent?

Can you be diagnosed with sleep shift work disorder if you happen to be a stay at home parent?

Probably not: If you have a special need child who spends daytime hours in daycare and you have to do the rest at night, you can make a case for that. You are more likely to have insufficient sleep, or irregular sleep wake pattern. ...Read more

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When will baby sleep through night if parents are away?

When will baby sleep through night if parents are away?

Depends: Most babies should be sleeping through the night by four months of age rather parents are home or away. If not you should seek help from your pediatrician ...Read more

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What to do if I have so much hatred for my parents!, I am actually think about harming them in there sleep?

What to do if I have so much hatred for my parents!, I am actually think about harming them in there sleep?

Please get help now.: The ages listed aren't always for the person writing in - so i don't know if you are a minor or an adult. If you are actively thinking about killing them now ; have thought of a method, please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services ; they can provide transport. If you kill them - it will ruin your life, take their life and hurt all the people. ...Read more

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My 9 year old was prescribed atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg to help her sleep at night. Can anyone tell me more about this medication?

My 9 year old was prescribed atarax (hydroxyzine) 25mg to help her sleep at night. Can anyone tell me more about this medication?

See below : Atarax (hydroxyzine) is an anti-histamine that has several uses, one of which is insomnia. This is because one of its effects is causing drowsiness. Other uses in children include: anti-anxiety & to stop itching. ...Read more

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I am 16. I get 8hrs. of sleep everynight. But don't feel like I am getting enough. My parents shake me but I still do not get up. What do I do?

I am 16. I get 8hrs. of sleep everynight. But don't feel like I am getting enough. My parents shake me but I still do not get up. What do I do?

Could be normal, but: daytime drowsiness after 8 hours sleep may indicate interrupted sleep pattern. See your pediatrician to determine if a sleep study is in order. You might also try downloading a sleep app to see if you toss and turn during sleep (though these apps don't always work 100%). It is normal for teens to be difficult to rouse in the morning, but not normal to be sleepy during the day. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe for my teenager to sleep with loud music on his headphones? And its not the soft music that a parent would like them to listen to!

Is it safe for my teenager to sleep with loud music on his headphones? And its not the soft music that a parent would like them to listen to!

No: Anytime a teen listens to hard loud music thru headsets may lead to hearing loss. Plus listening to music with words or tv keeps the brain stimulated as hearing never quits processing. Try substituting a sleep sound machine as many of us sleep better with constant droning. Like any bad habit be prepared for resistance! Teens never think bad things will happen. Be patient but firm on your request. ...Read more

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Can secondary transfer of cat allergens into another home be contained? I am a single parent of a 9yo. He sees his mom alternate weekends. She is alle

Can secondary transfer of cat allergens into another home be contained? I am a single parent of a 9yo. He sees his mom alternate weekends. She is alle

Transfer of Allergen: I would ask the mom's allergist what can be dome to prevent her son from carrying cat allergens. Since it is such a common life arrangement (living with cats and dogs) that I am sure you can get the answer from the doctor (via your wife). ...Read more

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I cannot sleep with stress, may have to leave partner to care for parents. Feel devestated.?

I cannot sleep with stress, may have to leave partner to care for parents. Feel devestated.?

Talk w/therapist: Dealing with aging or ill parents can be extremely challenging, especially when they live far away. I'm sorry you're faced with this difficult choice. I urge you to review all your options before acting. Discussing your situation in detail with a psychologist or other mental health professional may help you sort through things. A geriatric care manager may help too. http://www.caremanager.org/. ...Read more

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I'd heard the elderly have trouble sleeping, why did my parents sleep 14 hours each day?

I'd heard the elderly have trouble sleeping, why did my parents sleep 14 hours each day?

All are not the same: Everyone's a little different. Also, medications can increase (or decrease) need for sleep. ...Read more

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How aware the parents about the effects of sleep disturbances, and how often do sleep disturbances occur in young children?

How aware the parents about the effects of sleep disturbances, and how often do sleep disturbances occur in young children?

Often: Sleep disturbances in children can be very common if the tonsils and adenoids are extremely large. Usually these children will have a serious sleep disorder and parents will not that their child will snore very loudly and may stop breathing (sleep apnea). Therefore the parents should be very aware of this. ...Read more

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I know a 9-year-old who is obese but her parents want to arrange regular exercise schedule. Would it be beneficial for celine?

I know a 9-year-old who is obese but her parents want to arrange regular exercise schedule. Would it be beneficial for celine?

Yes: All 9 year olds should have regular physical activity, whether through sports, exercise, or just play. More importantly, however, the issue of her obesity needs to be addressed by changes to her diet in addition to more activity. ...Read more