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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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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 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: 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)
-irritability
-difficult to wake up
-any specific pain complaints
-neck stiffness and headache
-prolonged vomiting, diarrhea or signs of dehydration
-rash
-difficulty breathing
-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

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When can my child start sleeping in a toddler bed?

When can my child start sleeping in a toddler bed?

2 years old: Two years old is the typical age. However, if your child is trying to climb out of their crib, you should make the switch earlier to prevent any harm. ...Read more

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How can I help my toddler sleep?

How can I help my toddler sleep?

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

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How to get a toddler to sleep in own bed?

How to get a toddler to sleep in own bed?

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

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How to get a toddler to sleep in a dark room?

How to get a toddler to sleep in a dark room?

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

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My toddler does everything she can to resist sleep.

My toddler does everything she can to resist sleep.

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

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I'd really like to know how to get toddler to sleep thru nite?

I'd really like to know how to get toddler to sleep thru nite?

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

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I'd really like to know how to get toddler to sleep in his bed?

I'd really like to know how to get toddler to sleep in his bed?

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

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Toddler not sleeping at night?

Toddler not sleeping at night?

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

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Is it better for an older baby or a toddler to sleep without a pillow?

Is it better for an older baby or a toddler to sleep without a pillow?

Pillow: There is no rule lik there are with infants to sleep without pillow. In general young children do not need them so use is not typically recommended. If your child likes a pillow at age 3-4 this should be fine. ...Read more

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How can I get my toddler to start sleeping on her own instead of in our bed? She's 18m old now.

How can I get my toddler to start sleeping on her own instead of in our bed? She's 18m old now.

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

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HOW FAR SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER BE FROM SLEEPING TODDLER?

HOW FAR SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER BE FROM SLEEPING TODDLER?

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

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Why does my toddler take deep breaths in her sleep?

Why does my toddler take deep breaths in her sleep?

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

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New baby and toddler. So how to get an infant to sleep?

New baby and toddler. So how to get an infant 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

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What age can my toddler/baby sleep with a blanket safely?  

What age can my toddler/baby sleep with a blanket safely?  

6 months: The risk of SIDS greatly drops around six months. It is ok to sleep with a blanky at this time. I'd still stick with a flat, silky kind of blanket, nothing super fluffy. You can try tucking it in on the sides of the crib at his chest level. ...Read more

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How to correct a toddler's bedtime behavior while co-sleeping?

How to correct a toddler's bedtime behavior while co-sleeping?

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

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Toddler can't stop coughing and sneezing at the same time since she has layer down to sleep two nights in a row why?

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

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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

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Wake up when I hear my toddler crying during sleep, should I go to him?

Wake up when I hear my toddler crying during sleep, should I go to him?

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

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19 mnth toddler, currently undergoing diagnosis for ASD. Have a good sleep routine, tried all advice, but wakes night & can't fall asleep. Melatonin?

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: Hi BGrewal
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

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I can't believe my toddler's delay tactics when it comes to sleep! I'm exhausted. Help

I can't believe my toddler's delay tactics when it comes to sleep! I'm exhausted. Help

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

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Excessive sweating of a toddler while at sleep. And cold to touch, starting from his head down to back. What's the real problem?

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

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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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Toddler was recently sick with low grade fever and vomiting. Now she won't sleep more than 30 minutes at a time. Any connection?

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