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Ways to make children sleep early - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   so I need to check on certain things
User :   my query is regarding my kid
Doctor :   ok
User :   she is 1year and 6-months old
Doctor :   ok
User :   and she very afraid of sleeping early
Doctor :   ok
User :   and it will take lot of time for her to put her to bed
Doctor :   ok
User :   she likes sleeping at 12 AM
Doctor :   does she have any other health problems?
Doctor :   ok
User :   or 11.30 PM IST
Doctor :   does she have any other health problems?
User :   nope not at all
User :   she is a very healthy kid
Doctor :   ok
User :   hardly we go to doctors
Doctor :   when does she have her dinner?
Doctor :   at what time?
User :   8.30 PM
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   i suggest that you give her a cup of hot milk just before bed
User :   yea
Doctor :   also i suggest that you modify
User :   we do that
Doctor :   your sleep timings also
User :   like??
Doctor :   if she sees her parents
Doctor :   sleeping early
Doctor :   then she would follow
User :   ok
Doctor :   also make her avoid tv after 8 pm
Doctor :   engage her in some physical activity
User :   but my time and life is in such a way that I sleep at 11.30
Doctor :   like playing running games with her playmates
User :   when you say physical activity
Doctor :   that way she would be tired
Doctor :   and sleeps well
User :   ok
Doctor :   like outdoor games
Doctor :   be firm but dont be too strict
Doctor :   on her
Doctor :   also make someone sleep with her
Doctor :   like her grandmother or grand father
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User :   rearding my kid
User :   I think u are also able to see the chat details
User :   again regarding the same question??
Doctor :   s
User :   can you please help me with the sleeping timings of a kid
User :   with 1.6 years
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Does she have any medical problems
Doctor :   like allergies
User :   nope
User :   there?/
Doctor :   Does she snore
User :   nope
Doctor :   When does she have food
User :   8.30
Doctor :   What does she do after taht
User :   she will be playing
User :   waiting for me to come home
Doctor :   How many hours shall she sleep
Doctor :   in a 24 hours
User :   12-hours
User :   probably
Doctor :   So she sleeps till 12 pm
Doctor :   Everyone has an internal clock that influences body temperature, sleep cycles, appetite and hormonal changes.
User :   yes
Doctor :   The biological and psychological processes that follow the cycle of this 24-hour internal clock are called circadian rhythms.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Before adolescence, these circadian rhythms direct most kids to naturally fall asleep around 8 or 9 p.m.
User :   ok
Doctor :   the kids at this age shall sleep for 12 to 14 hours a day
User :   but my daughter she sleeps at 12
User :   in the night
Doctor :   The circardiam for her is so set
Doctor :   You have to try refix it
User :   how??
Doctor :   Some tips
Doctor :   You should make her eat food at 700 to 730pm
Doctor :   Starting dimming the lights from 800P
Doctor :   PM
User :   ok
User :   ok
Doctor :   It is tough to do it initially
Doctor :   atleast try one hour in advance
Doctor :   i mean at around 1030 to 1100hrs
User :   ok
Doctor :   pm
Doctor :   gradually start switching off 15 to 20 minutes earlier each day
Doctor :   Stick to a schedule.
Doctor :   later
User :   ok
Doctor :   But too much daytime shut-eye may only make it harder to fall asleep at night.
User :   ok
Doctor :   so wake her up in the afternoon before she completes the afternoon long nap
Doctor :   Start narration of stories in the bed
User :   what is the time duration for the afternoon nap
Doctor :   If she sleeps for 10 hrs you can allow for 2 more hours
Doctor :   so that depends onthe night time sleep
Doctor :   the total shall be around 12 to 14 hrs
User :   ok
User :   see it's this way
Doctor :   Let your kid fall asleep at his or her natural bedtime for a few nights
Doctor :   no matter how late it may be
User :   once she gets up she will eat her break fast
Doctor :   but insist on a fixed wake-up time.
User :   and play for some time
User :   and then she will sleep at 12
User :   for an hour
User :   then once she gets up we will feed her the lunch
User :   play for some time
User :   and then again she will sleep at 3 for 2-hours
User :   then finish
User :   she will sleep in the night directly
User :   so what is the time adjustments for the same??
Doctor :   fix up a wake up time
Doctor :   daily
User :   ok
Doctor :   Then move the bedtime back by 10 to 15 minutes each night until you reach a reasonable bedtime.
User :   like??
User :   which is the reasonable time
Doctor :   she is sleeping at 12am say
Doctor :   wake her up at 730
Doctor :   am
Doctor :   next day by the earlier startegies i said like dimming lite and stories
User :   ok
Doctor :   make her sleep at 1130PM
Doctor :   the next night
User :   ok
Doctor :   again wake her up at 730am
Doctor :   next morning
Doctor :   then that night make 1100hrs the bed time
User :   ok
Doctor :   and wake her up at 730 am
Doctor :   again
Doctor :   so fix the wake up time
User :   ok
Doctor :   the remaining hours of sleep are to be covered during the day
Doctor :   of one hour nap each
User :   the wake up time is ficed
Doctor :   say two naps
Doctor :   yes
User :   everyday she is getting up at 9 AM
Doctor :   move the going to bed clock back wards
Doctor :   by 15 min to 30 min backward
User :   ok
Doctor :   finally The morning nap is eliminated first, followed by the afternoon nap
Doctor :   As daytime sleep decreases, total nighttime sleep should increase somewhat in this age group,
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Doctor :   but Rainbow is especially for children
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