Baby Sleep Problems

A baby sleeps in the father's armsMore than half of all parents experience baby’s sleep problems (i.e. problem with babies sleep pattern) between six and twelve months of age. These problems may include difficulty in getting to sleep, frequent night waking, and failing to return to sleep after waking. They are often the result of a behaviour the child has learned, and rarely due to any underlying medical problem.

Strategies to change the behaviour of these babies is successful in the vast majority if correctly applied, but this may take up to three weeks of persistence in applying a consistent form of behaviour.

Sedative medications should very rarely be used under twelve months of age, and even in older children, should be used with great caution.

(Last modified: 13th Oct 2014)

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