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Is it safe for children to sleep by themselves at the age of 4yo?

Is it safe for children to sleep by themselves at the age of 4yo?

Yes: I'm guessing from the question that there is a lot of anxiety about leaving your children alone in general. Children are safe to sleep alone largely from birth, as long as the crib is empty of all items and set up right. Certainly by 6 mo, the academy of pediatrics says childr en can sleep completely unsupervised. By 4 years, this is a personal and cultural decision, not a safety decision. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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My 4 year old just admitted to chewing both his AND his sister's 5mg Children's Claritin (loratadine). Does that warrant a trip to the ER? Or just sleep it off?

My 4 year old just admitted to chewing both his AND his sister's 5mg Children's Claritin (loratadine). Does that warrant a trip to the ER? Or just sleep it off?

No need: He'll be fine, please check the remaining tablets to make sure he didn't consume more, observe for any abnormal symptoms for the next 24 hours, I trust you are known of medicines safety and keeping away from children, child-proof boxes, etc.., good luck ...Read more

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My 4yo is in bed by 730p & usu awake/up 4 day by 7a. I don't know her exact sleep hours but she is miserable & tired 4+ days a week. Why could this be?

My 4yo is in bed by 730p & usu awake/up 4 day by 7a. I don't know her exact sleep hours but she is miserable & tired 4+ days a week. Why could this be?

4yr old: Children are continually growing and changing thier habits. They also have mental stresses adults may not realise. If you realize a real problem with your childs health, for gods sake, take her to your pediatrician and get her examined. ...Read more

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My 4 year old constantly grinds/grits his teeth in his sleep. What could be the reason for this?

My 4 year old constantly grinds/grits his teeth in his sleep. What could be the reason for this?

Normal: Many children grind their teeth at night. It is not uncommon or concerning under ten years old unless your child is literally grinding down his teeth. You can have him checked for pinworms as well..It is not a myth. The worms irritate the anus at night and cause itching that leads to grinding. I do not see this as a common cause for tooth grinding but it is worth exploring. ...Read more

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4 year old twitches in his sleep - seems to e getting worse, any ideas?

4 year old twitches in his sleep - seems to e getting worse, any ideas?

Teitching: The twitching may be reflexive but it might also represent seizure activity.. Discuss the problem woth your pediatrician. He may want to order aneeg. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter suffers from chronic reflex which manifests as coughing & disturbs her sleep. What can we do?

My 4 year old daughter suffers from chronic reflex which manifests as coughing & disturbs her sleep. What can we do?

Chronic reflux: Chronic reflux needs to be assessed preferably by a pediatric GI doctor. As she is 4 yrs old and having nightly symptoms she is likely going to have to be placed on medicine - if that is indeed what she has. Discuss this with her pediatrician, detail her symptoms so that they may make the proper recommendations/referrals. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 4 year old to have a "very"rapid heartbeat while sleeping?

Is it normal for my 4 year old to have a "very"rapid heartbeat while sleeping?

Define very rapid : Resting heart rate for a 4yo would be expected to fall between 60-90 beats per minute with periods during dream sleep that may run 90-140. Deep sleep should bee on the lower end of normal. If sleep & awake rates are always fast (90-140) a visit to your dr would be prudent. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop my 4 year old from grinding his teeth in his sleep?

What can I do to stop my 4 year old from grinding his teeth in his sleep?

Normal: Many children grind their teeth while asleep. So do many adults. The sound it makes is very annoying and alarming, but don't worry about your 4 year old. Teeth get worn down from grinding, but a 4 year old will get new adult teeth. Most kids stop grinding spontaneously. ...Read more

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4 year old daughter is sleep walking & its getting worse, she unlocked deadbolt & was about to go outside..Found her in bathtub b4..Help?

4 year old daughter is sleep walking & its getting worse, she unlocked deadbolt & was about to go outside..Found her in bathtub b4..Help?

See doc...: First, make sure that her home environment is safe....And install temporary locks high up so she cannot reach etc...Of course to use at night while she is asleep. If there is a strong family history of this, she may get better later on. In the meantime, get her evaluated to make sure all is ok.. Good luck... ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has a 102 temp. No other symptoms. I gave him motrin 45 min. Ago. He's sleeping now but his temp still hasn't reduced! what can I do?

My 4 year old son has a 102 temp. No other symptoms. I gave him motrin 45 min. Ago. He's sleeping now but his temp still hasn't reduced! what can I do?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): You can give tylenol (acetaminophen) soon after, both meds are anti-pyretics, in that they reduce fever. If it continues, regardless of other symptoms have him seen by pediatrician. ...Read more

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What's the normal heart rate for a sleeping 4 year old?

What's the normal heart rate for a sleeping 4 year old?

Normal Heart Rate: Hello Twinbay1. The normal resting heart rate for a 4yr old is a range from 70 to 136 beats per minute with variances based on the reference source. While sleeping, the heart rate can dip slightly lower. If you or the child is noticing symptoms that you feel are heart related, a full exam is best to check for any issues. For consults, my link is healthtap.com/vanessanealmd with code PNYTKV. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has an average heart rate 115-120. Has a sleeping rate 88-92. Actitivity rate 118-125. A week ago had a cold. Is this normal?

My 4 year old has an average heart rate 115-120. Has a sleeping rate 88-92. Actitivity rate 118-125. A week ago had a cold. Is this normal?

A little on Higher: side. A young children tend to run higher HR than the adult.but usually less than 100. If they are active and their HR can be 110min. However if he/she is just sitting and listening to the story and running 120/min HR, she needs to be checked out by her Doctor. Does she have Bluish discoloration of her lips? Does she get SOB easily? Some of the symptoms you can keep eye on ...Read more

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It's almost my bedtime and I saw a 4 year old girl almost died after a man in the plane ignored her nut allergy. Now I can't sleep. What can I do?

It's almost my bedtime and I saw a 4 year old girl almost died after a man in the plane ignored her nut allergy. Now I can't sleep. What can I do?

Be an advocate: Complain to the head office of the plane and advocate availability of epinephrine autoinjector on all planes and a mandatory seminar on food allergy for all flight attendants. Contact the food allergy network and serve as a volunteer for the organization. I applaud your concerns. ...Read more

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What's wrong? I have 2 nephews one is a 6 year old boy and the other is 4 year old girl and they barely sleep like 8 hour and they don't take naps in the afternoon. Like what's wrong with these kids? I see toddler that sleep 10 hours and take long naps i

What's wrong? I have 2 nephews one is a 6 year old boy and the other is 4 year old girl and they barely sleep  like 8 hour and they don't take naps in the afternoon. Like what's wrong with these kids? I see toddler that sleep 10 hours and take long naps i

Children : Children are very different in the amount of sleep they need. Some children definitely need more than others. At age four to six some will still take a nap, but many won't. It sounds like they are active, healthy children, so it doesn't sound like a concern. ...Read more

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Is normal for 4 year old to have a fast heart beat while sleeping?

Is normal for 4 year old to have a fast heart beat while sleeping?

Depends: Will depend on the heart rate. A child's resting heart rate is faster than that of an adult. During sleep, heart rates do change. Rem sleep (rapid eye movement) can increase heart rates to over 20% of resting rates. An abnormally fast heart rate in a child is typically over 220/min. ...Read more

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