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Solution for Disturbed sleep patterns and food habits for an infant - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i have a daughter of 22 months old. her weight is 9.5 kg and height is 29 ich. the problem is she is not sleeping well. Daily she will go to bed at around 12 o clock. In between she will get up for at least 2 - 3times. How can we change this habit.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is that her cycle daily
User :   almost daily
Doctor :   Is this from the start?
User :   one more thing she is taking her food at 7 oclock in the evening
Doctor :   ok
User :   no this has started since we shifted to dubai from last 3 months
User :   also i wwant to know the cycle for giving the food and what type of food in day we shall give to her
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   IS she thoroughly checked with a child specialist
Doctor :   for any medical illness
User :   some 2 months back when she fall sick.
Doctor :   Is she thoroughly vaccinated?
User :   yaah that time she was suffering from fever
User :   yes alll her vaccinations are on time
Doctor :   Ok it really takes some time to adjust to the cycles
Doctor :   by the kids
Doctor :   At this stage you have to bother about the total sleep time
Doctor :   which should be 13 to 14 hours daily
Doctor :   Usually the night time sleep will be 10 to 11 hours
Doctor :   IS it going on with your child?
Doctor :   with a day time nap of 1.5 to 2 hours
User :   12 hous a day
User :   yaah nap she is taking for 2 hours
Doctor :   That is good
Doctor :   Different people need different amounts of sleep
User :   what type of food and cycle will you recommend
Doctor :   the average amount of sleep is fine for your child
Doctor :   The best way to tell if your child is getting enough sleep is to look at how they act while they are awake.
User :   means
Doctor :   Ask yourself these questions: Doctor :   Does your child fall asleep in the car almost every time you drive with them?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have to wake your child up almost every morning?
Doctor :   Does your child seem overtired, cranky, irritable, aggressive, over-emotional, hyperactive
User :   no she gets up on her own
Doctor :   On some nights, does your child much earlier than their usual bedtime?
Doctor :   *sleep
User :   not really but sometimes she gets aggressive but i think it will common not uncommon aggressiveness
Doctor :   or tires
Doctor :   Very good
Doctor :   That means that your child is not sleep deprived
Doctor :   and it takes some time for the circardian rythm to set right
Doctor :   for you child to sleep early
User :   ok. the main problem is becuase of this i can not sleep for full night as i have to wake up early and go to office
Doctor :   You cannot stop her waking up in middle of night
Doctor :   and you have to take turns with yoru partner
Doctor :   get up and comfort your baby
Doctor :   You gotta understand the sleep cycle
Doctor :   which has REM and NREM patterns
Doctor :   and wherein the kids have more REM
Doctor :   and tendency to get up
User :   ok
Doctor :   frequently
Doctor :   Getting up 2 times per night is ok
Doctor :   if it is more than 4 times you have to consider some things
User :   ok she gets up for twice only
Doctor :   ok then it is normal
User :   thanks can u guide me about her food intake.
Doctor :   Rice Dal, mashed vegetable, eggs, potatoes, etc
Doctor :   fruit juices can be given
Doctor :   milk is a good idea
Doctor :   Change the varieties of food
Doctor :   everyday
User :   can u please tell us the recommended cycle for food
Doctor :   Feed in the night properly
Doctor :   3 to 4 times a day
Doctor :   depending on her sleep patterns
Doctor :   and 2 times milk
Doctor :   a day
Doctor :   with fruit as snacking
Doctor :   alternating with egg
Doctor :   Is she bed wetting
Doctor :   See that the bladder is empty before sleep
User :   yes once per night
Doctor :   Give liquids early in the evening
Doctor :   and avoid liquids after dinner
Doctor :   like milk
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can answer for you?
User :   what amount of water she should take
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done
Doctor :and I type the information you asked for
Doctor :   4 cups per day
User :   ok and thanks
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