The Trouble With Sleep Problems in Children

How to Solve Your Child's Sleep ProblemsSleep problems in children are synonymous with sleep problems in adults because of the debilitating effect it can have on the nightlife of an adult. Up all night due to screaming and crying and nightmarish sequences, it is no small wonder that there is an enormous variety of corner coffee shops cropping up throughout the world. In fact, coffee makers practically owe their very existence to sleep problems in children. As adults, however, we certainly loathe those monsters in the middle of the night and those creatures under the bed that are never found or located.

We haven’t found a way to eradicate the threat, either. There is a possibility that the monsters under the bed are simply impossible to defeat, leaving our children to years of sleep problems and nightmares before turning into adults. Of course, the sleep problems and nightmares fail to cease upon entrance to adulthood or even puberty. Instead, the nightmares stop being about monsters from storybooks and start being about monsters from real life. Nightmares about the deadly “tax collector” and the girl from across the street start to become commonplace as adults around the world relive sleep problems in children all over again.

The Madness Never Sleeps

If there is anything we know, it is to never let our children stay up late to watch a scary movie. This will potentially haunt them for several nights to come, allowing the monstrous apparitions and nightmarish possibilities to enter into the world of sleep for children. As adults, the terror is very real as we begin to understand that we will be dead tired in the morning as we rise for work and still have to get through the day. As children, the terror is different but equally paralyzing as the Wolfman or a like-minded foe journeys into our rooms and comforts themselves somewhere under the bed or, better still, in the closet.

Many sleep problems in children are not at all related to the variety of monsters or creatures lurking in bedrooms. They are, instead, related to medical conditions or a lack of nutrition in the diet. Some of these possibilities are interconnected, which creates a whole new breed of sleeping problems in children. These types of sleep problems in children are not as easily solved as a generous peek under the bed or a look inside the closet. Medical treatment might be necessary.

How to Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems

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Baffling Behavior

Many parents, whether or not they’ve had other children, can be baffled when they realize something is wrong with your child. There are feelings of frustration and despair, as well as deep concern and inconsistency with how to handle your child’s sleep problems.

Whether your child’s sleep problem is nightmares or wetting the bed, your child is at the forefront of your mind. When your baby wakes up with a blood-curdling scream in the middle of the night, it’s frightening. More frightening is a baby who will not be calmed with a touch, a bottle, or a new diaper. You’ll wonder what is hurting your child or if he has mild (or severe) discomfort of some kind.

Some children wake in the middle of the night and bang their heads against the rails of the crib. Your child’s sleep problems are not at always apparent, and it is not your fault that you can’t figure out what is wrong. Some children sleep all night, others cry all night. A big myth is that a child will cry if left unattended – but will eventually fall asleep.

This is, however, not true of a child whose body cycle does not cause him to become sleepy. If your child is crying at the same intensity all night, he’s not looking for attention – he is indicating that something is wrong; it’s time to ask your doctor about your child’s sleep problem. Look for signs of sleepwalking or banging of his head. Think back – does he eat on a regular schedule, or do you have to feed him to create a schedule?

Children who do not eat or become hungry on a regular schedule may be indicating their lack of a cyclic metabolism. These infants and children are prone to migraines, which can occur when a child is hungry. This is not to imply that the child is neglected or unfed. It is more indicative of a situation where the child does not complain of being hungry, so a bottle or feeding isn’t given. If the child goes to bed without eating on a regular schedule, he might sleep himself right into a migraine that will appear if his body decides he’s hungry, or if his blood sugars are low.

Don’t assume that a migraine headache is impossible in an infant, or that a child would obviously wake up and cry if hungry. If you’ve worked for years to determine what is wrong with your child, one night he may come to you holding his head – it is only then that you as an unsuspecting parent might think to investigate headaches as an option to explain your child’s sleep problem.

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