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Toddler Sleeping All Day
Is it normal for a sick toddler to sleep all day or more than usual? She just has major congestion and has been naping for 4hrs usually does not nap
My 22 months old toddler only sleeps 8-9 at night and takes a 2 hour nap during the day. We try to make her sleep earlier but doesn't work.?
My 12 months toddler will not sleep during the day in crib only fall assleep in my arms. How to get a 12months to sleep in a crib?
Crib: It may be time to put him in a toddler bed. ...Read more
I have a 24 mth old toddler. 2 days ago I took my son to ped with a 103 fever they said virus. He woke up today day 3 with 103 fever and has been sleeping all day. Today is a holiday and not sure if I should call ped or should I just wait till morni
I'm sorry your little one is sick! The good news is that fevers themselves aren't dangerous - it's just the body's way of fighting infection. I advise that you treat the child, not the fever. A sick-looking child who is irritable and not drinking with no fever is much more worrisome than a happily playing and drinking child with a temp of 103f. Use your judgement.
Reasons to call your doctor or seek further care are:
-fever lasting 5 days or more
-fever over 104f
-refusal to eat or drink (drinking most important)
-difficult to wake up
-any specific pain complaints
-neck stiffness and headache
-prolonged vomiting, diarrhea or signs of dehydration
-worsening instead of improving
of course, use your instincts! When in doubt, give your child's doctor a call.
Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more
A consistent bedtime: Play with him during the day. At his language level, tell him that once he's in bed, you won't respond to cries or calls. 1 hr. Before his set bedtime, turn off TV. Give him a warm bath, put on pj's, brush his teeth. Read to him in low light. Put in him in his bed in his room when he's drowsy, but awake, with no bottle or pacifier. Consistently ignore his crying while it worsens before it stops. ...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
Why?: After birth, visual input becomes a comforting source of information for a child. They often sleep best in a room with enough light that they know where they are if they wake up. Different from adults, their comfort often comes from having recognizable sounds & sights near them as they drift to sleep or try to resettle in the night. Let your child have a nightlight. It's developmentally normal. ...Read more
Be patient but firm: Toddlers want independence when it suits them but demand you remain close & nurturing. This extends to bedtime when previously good sleepers may become anxious about separation. I encourage a calming night ritual followed by tucking the child in. Require that the child remain in his/her room until morning. Reward him/her with an open door if so, closed if not & return every time if venturing out. ...Read more
Sleep regimen: You need to have a very strict sleep regimen starting with the pre bedtime so the child knows what to expect and stick to your guns with the routine even if the child cries. Then let the child cry him/herself to sleep as long and as often as it takes after you have gently and firmly made your evening's events ...Read more
Gradually move: Start by sitting by his bed till he falls alseep, each night move a few feet away till in hallway. Don't converse or make eye contact after he lies down with his blanky or other transitional object. ...Read more
If the pediatrician: Says his health, growth & development are normal, set a consistent bedtime & routine: bathe, brush his teeth, read, cuddle, then put him in his own bed in his own room, drowsy but awake, to learn to self-calm for sleep without liquids or a pacifier. Consistently & completely ignore night-crying while it first intensifies before it stops. See the American Academy of Pediatrics HealthyChild app. ...Read more
Put in own bed!: Why should your toddler sleep in his own bed when you teach him that your bed is the only safe place to sleep. He can only learn by being put in the position. (put him in his bed). Don't think he won't cry cause he will. But if you give in you will teach him crying will get what you want. Teach him the comfort. Spend some play time there, read there, listen to music there. Make his bed the best! ...Read more
Out of reach: The distance is not as important as the ability for the toddler to reach the device. If it is out of his reach and he cannot get out of bed and get to it, it should be ok. You want the humidifier to moisturize the air nearby but that will occur any where in a room that is about 12/12ft. ...Read more
Sleep and breathing:
Every one has a different pattern of sleep cycle children do vary if he is not snoring or gasping or waking up he should be ok but if its that audible and you are worried will be a good idea to check with his peds to make sure does not have any breathing related issues adenoids etc
if he is waking up fine and not grumpy and no midnight awakenings things should be ok but better to get a checkup. ...Read more
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
It'd be easier if: you set a consistent bedtime & routine including reading, soothing, brushing his teeth after the last feed. Put him in his own crib drowsy, but awake. If you're tempted to go in when he protests or night wakes, see tips on extinguishing these behaviors at HealthyChildren. Org. If he sleeps in your room, both stalling tactics & night-waking will continue as long as you give them any attention. ...Read more
Toddler can't stop coughing and sneezing at the same time since she has layer down to sleep two nights in a row why?
Cold: The most common cause of a short (few days) episode of coughing and sneezing in a toddler is a common cold, which can be caused by a variety of viruses, and typically is not serious. If the symptoms are prolonged or repetitive, environmental allergies are another possibility. If this is a cold, no treatment is necessary other than rest and fluids. "cold medicines" do not help in children. ...Read more
Toddler who wakes during night between 11pm and 2am and then gets agitated when you try to soothe. Doesn't appear to be awake. Sleep issue??
Night Terrors are: A sleep disorder that occurs during transition from deep non-REM sleep to lighter REM sleep. He'll have no memory of them. Trying to awaken him ^es his agitation & delays his going back to sleep. At a consistent bedtime, read, soothe, brush his teeth & put him to bed in his own room drowsy, but awake, to learn to self-calm to sleep. Avoid fatigue; he needs ~ 12 hours total sleep /day. See comment. ...Read more
My toddler is sleeping a lot more than usual and seems to have an achy neck and keeps going hot and cold. He also has loss of appeititeand is very clingy and whingy?
It depends.: If your child isn't waking up during these episodes, he may be having night terrors. If so, the best things to do are to ensure there is nothing in his bed he can get hurt on, and keep him on a consistent sleep schedule. If he has a habit of waking and then crying, as long as he has no medical cause for this, it's best to see if he can put himself back to sleep. His doctor can advise. ...Read more
Is it normal for a toddler to sweat a lot in sleep? He has low iron and is pale. And is a restles sleeper.
Yes: Many toddlers will sweat while sleeping.Get a more detailed answer ›
19 mnth toddler, currently undergoing diagnosis for ASD. Have a good sleep routine, tried all advice, but wakes night & can't fall asleep. Melatonin?
Share with PCP:
Sounds like you are already hooked up with a good Pediatric qualified team. Sleep disturbance in this age usually indicates something other than a change in melatonin, and I would discuss with your PCP or the referral team ASAP! Good luck. ...Read more
Routine and assert.: First, remember that the child is stalling because YOU let them stall. They continue to do it because it WORKS! They are smart creatures and follow patterns. Be assertive and set limits - I.e. Timmy you have three more books and then mama is leaving. Then follow through. Don't fall for the stall. There will be challenges but stick to it! ...Read more
Excessive sweating of a toddler while at sleep. And cold to touch, starting from his head down to back. What's the real problem?
Sweating at night: Children's heads have a large surface area and they sweat to dissipate heat. If he is an active sleeper and wears a one-piece sleeper, is covered with a blanket, he may be sweating from the heat generated by his moving around. His head would have the most sweat then. If he is completely normal otherwise, it is not a problem. Double check that with your pediatrician next time you see him/her. ...Read more
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
Toddler was recently sick with low grade fever and vomiting. Now she won't sleep more than 30 minutes at a time. Any connection?
I think so: Sounds like a viral infection. Viruses also have an effect on brain metabolism. See your pediatrician. An appropriate dose of melatonin might help. ...Read more