Dealing with Common Infant Sleep Problems
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
Avoid poor nights due to common infant sleep problems. The doable
sleeping tips in this section will help you tackle teething, relieve a
cold, avoid wet diaper wake-ups, deal with night terrors, separation
anxiety, acid reflux, colic, gas, etc.
Infant sleep problems are usually harmless and temporary -
although unfortunately they may seem
to last forever ...
Sleeping well is not
easy for a young baby and her
parents as it
A newborn must develop the ability to distinguish day from
night. Then later on she
must develop both physically and psychologically to be able to sleep
for long stretches.
Growing day by day, she must learn to settle all by herself and learn
soothing when waking at night ...
A lot to cope with already, and
then there is a number of infant sleep problems to challenge
both of you a bit further.
Luckily there are gentle and effective ways to avoid
many of these disturbances
or, once a baby sleep problem is there, to
deal with it at best.
Let's have a look at the most typical infant
sleep problems and how to deal with them below.
Teething is one of the baby milestones you do not want to
course. But because it can be painful or uncomfortable, it easily
becomes a disturbance during naps and nights.
To avoid all this: learn when
start teething, how to recognize early teething signs and use simple but truly effective teething
A common cold
Don't blame your little baby girl or boy
How many of us
have not, after
yet another sleepless night, felt a bit angry with
our child. We know she cannot help it, and she certainly does not
want to bug us.
But still we may have a hard
time being all cuddly and sweet to her. And that can make us feel
Awful as these feelings may seem towards a tiny helpless infant, they are
in fact absolutely
normal and acceptable. Most of it comes from your own exhaustion.
we are tired, the first thing to change is our mood. It becomes much
more difficult to be cheerful and happy. That is also the first outcome
of research on sleep deprivation effects.
So, it is OK to feel like that. No need to feel guilty
about it. And also ...
No need to take it personal, she is not trying to hurt you.
A little experiment
you might try is to put yourself in
Imagine how she feels and why she feels like that. Then, in stead of fighting over it, you
can deal with the issue together.
get mild colds from time to
time: usually a lightly
congested or runny nose.
A few simple cold tips can
keep her as comfortable
as possible and keep sleeping well also during a cold.
diaper is a top cause of unnecessary night wakings, hence the crucial dry diaper
tips for nights.
And at the same time we
prepare the right mindset for dry nights later on.
anxiety is an important development phase.
when your little one learns that she is an individual person and takes the first steps towards
In the mean time, the fear of losing you is very real and may make it
difficult for her to settle well and make it through the night independently.
Use these separation anxiety techniques to guide your child
through this phase successfully ... and with a minimum of tears and night awakenings.
There are many
different opinions about if and how young babies dream,
and whether they can have nightmares or night terrors. The fact is that
something dreamlike can cause
your little one to wake up at night.
So it's good to know how to recognize and deal with night
Reflux comes in two forms: the totally harmless GER (Gastro
Esophageal Reflux) and the less common but more serious GERD (Gastro
Esophageal Reflux Disorder).
Use the reflux symptoms guide to find out if your child may be
sleeping poorly because of reflux.
reflux sleep tips effectively help for naps and nights.
See the newborn
acid reflux page for specific help for newborns.
Osteopathy can help with relieving reflux and related digestive troubles. Start at the cranial osteopathy therapy checklist to find out if an osteopath visit
would be a good idea.
Colic is best known for its typical crying pattern: prolonged crying in
the evenings that starts at about 3 weeks old, peaks around 6-8 weeks
old and gradually disappears towards 3-4 months old.
See the colic
in infants page for the best tried-and-tested colic remedies
and check for baby
gas help as well.
Have you considered seeing an osteopath?
Extensive baby crying and
colic are cases where it can help. Carole Chevallier D.O. answers all our questions about
for infant sleep problems.
Do you have twins? Read more on specific care for newborn
twins at Having-Twins.com
Infant sleep problems can be daunting to go through. Your baby is not
in optimal shape and you may worry. Most cases are innocent but never
hesitate to consult your doctor if you have any doubt.
And all in all, sometimes there is nothing more you
can do than just keep
Don't worry if you feel frustrated with her because that is
perfectly normal. Remember that most of these issues are
temporary - a phase - and
things will get better again ...
Don't hesitate to contact me if you can't seem to overcome it.