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Disturbed sleep

Monika
1 to 3 years

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Updated on Dec 18, 2013

Hi all,   My son is 3. He does not sleep properly and he is cranky whole night. Since i am working, it is important for me to sleep on time.   Please suggest some solutions or tips.

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AM

| Dec 24, 2013

one more thing... dont show him any weird cartoons... with monsters... or any serial secenes... like murder and horrible scene... it really affect kids

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AM

| Dec 24, 2013

i agree with all mothers... but my experene is little differnt... my son used to cry during night due to nightmares i hv suffered abt 3 yrs.... some suggeted me to make him wear iron bangle(lohe ka kada) you can buy it near any gurudwara.. generally they keep steel n iron kada... so do check before buying... trust me.. it helped me a lot.

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Anurima

| Dec 18, 2013

Hey Monika.. I agree with Shikha and Anandana here- there are several reasons for your child to have a disturbed sleep at night. Has he always been a light sleeper or is it a recent thing? Since most of the reasons are already mentioned by Shikha, I would like to add one more thing- children at this age also have night terrors or nightmares which frighten them during their sleep. I have a 4 year old who has terrible nightmares off and on and wakes up shaken, sometimes several times at night. This is a common phase and it a part of growing up. SO as Shikha has suggested, please keep him away from violence or scary tv programs and refrain from telling him any frightening incident or stories. A toddler's imagination runs on over drive and they love to imagine any little thing they hear, so sometimes ordinary things may scare them. It must be really difficult for you to wake up several times at night, but finding out the real reason for his disturbed sleep will help the both of you. Good luck.

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Shikha Batra

| Dec 18, 2013

Hi Monika! There could be many reasons for child being cranky at night. ONE: he had enough sleep during the day. TWO: he is hungry. THREE: he wants to relieve himself. FOUR: he is uncomfortable due to bloating. FIVE: he has blocked nose. SIX: he is scared of fears related to night. SOLUTION for EAch problem : ONE : it is advisable make sure he does not sleep for more than 2-3 hours during afternoon. Does at least half an hour of physical activity by playing etc so that he gets tired. TWO: the dinner should be filling so that he does not feel hungry. U can also give hot milk before sleeping which helps in induction of sleep. THREE: please make sure he uses washroom immediately before moving to bed. FOUR: Please make sure the dinner served has no heavy dishes such as rajma or chola or gobhi or dals which can cause bloating. There shd be gap of at least 1 hour before he sleeps. FIVE: u cud use nasal drops to help him and keep his head elevated by using pillows which will help in breathing and thereby sleep. SIX: please make sure he does not watch cartoons which has such elements which can scare him at night, or serials considered inappropriate for children. U could co-sleep with him to make him comfortable. U cud also read short stories which are entertaining for children or put on light music in background with dim lights. HOpe this helps!

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Anandana N

| Dec 18, 2013

Shikha is correct. You need to not give him afternoon naps as he is growing up. He needs to eat properly and healthy food so that he does not feel hungry at night. This should help.

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Shikha Batra

| Dec 18, 2013

Hi Monika! There could be many reasons for child being cranky at night. ONE: he had enough sleep during the day. TWO: he is hungry. THREE: he wants to relieve himself.

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