Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
10 Common Causes for Sleep Disturbances
Sometimes a young child’s sleep will be disturbed for no apparent reason. He may wake repeatedly, cry out, or grit his teeth. A parents should explore the cause. Dr. Denmark always said to “Look for the obvious!”
Is my child sick ( fever, congestion, stomach upset)?
Is my child getting enough nourishment during the day, so he is not hungry at night? Is he getting a good dose of protein at dinner?
Is my child getting too much sleep during the day. Sometimes eliminating an afternoon nap will help a child sleep better at night or go to bed earlier.
Does my child have a consistent bedtime? Children do best on a consistent routine of eating and sleeping. They know what to expect and their bodies adjust.
Is his bedroom quiet, darkened and a comfortable temperature?
Does my baby have a stinging alkaline urine often accompanied by diaper rash? Don’t give him anything to drink other than water. Soda, juice and too much fruit can cause alkaline urine.
Does he have pinworms? If your child has passed his second birthday and especially if he sucks fingers or thumbs, check for pinworms.
Some children cannot settle down to sleep peacefully after overly rough play, especially if they have been tossed in the air.
Disturbing screen images are a frequent culprit. Children are emotionally vulnerable and need their parents to protect them from confusing, emotionally tense, fast-paced or frightening images.
A consistent evening routine is wonderful for young children. Bedtime is a great time for a song, story and prayers. A little one who is ushered off to bed this way is much more likely to enjoy a sound night’s sleep!