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Is Nap Time Beneficial To Kindergarten Children
Need a suggested time my son need to go to sleep. He wakes up at 630 am and will be starting kindergarten gets out at 2pm. They don't take naps?
Outgrowing naps: Some kindergartens phase out nap time. If your son has to be up at 6:30am, I would suggest a bedtime around 7:30-8pm. However, if your son is used to taking an afternoon nap, he may end up falling asleep in the car ride home from kindergarten. Depending how long he sleeps then, this may push his bedtime to a later hour. ...Read more
Varies: The need for naps varies considerably across children, along with the overall trend of decreasing need over time. Total sleep over the day is the key. Trouble is those who fight taking naps divide broadly into those who really need one and those who don't. In general, toddlers benefit from an afternoon nap; if it's a struggle, look at ways of making it more routine and less of a battle. ...Read more
Brains: are developing and using a lot of energy to do so. The processes involved in development of the central nervous system, for example, require a good deal of energy . Sleep helps the child to organize the experiences of the day into meaningful changes in the brain structure. In contrast to popular belief, this type of process can also occur in adults and the elderly and we would all benefit from a daily nap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 20 month old sleeps 12-14 hours at night, then has a 3 hour nap. All of my children sleep long, but this seems to be excessive. Is this normal?
Probably normal: If child is developing normally and has normal energy when awake, this sleeping pattern is likely normal. ...Read more
Is melatonin safe to give to young children to help fall asleep? As well as other calming herbs like those found in teas?
No proven safety: Melatonin, hormone produced by pineal gland, appears to be linked to the body's sleep/wake cycle.Release of melatonin is stimulated by darkness and suppressed by light. Not enough studies have been performed on children about side effects of melatonin.. It also plays role in the way person's body matures sexually. Common side effects are daytime sleepiness, dizziness and headaches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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I am tired all the time no matter how much sleep I get what could be they cause, I have 3 young children and need some energy for them ?
Call For Help: Clearly raising three young children would leave one exhausted at the end of the day. So exhausted that no amount of sleep would be enough to recharge your batteries for the next day. Parenting is at the minimum a two person endeavor. Ask your spouse for help. Ask other family members or friends for help. Don't forget to take care of yourself as well. Your children need you strong and happy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep vomiting and choking, is it serious? Ithas happened about 12 times in the past three years. It started after I had my children.
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