Sleep ……………glorious sleep!
Why is it that when we are babies and children, we spend a lot of our time trying to avoid sleep, and then when we become adults all we long for is a good nights sleep, and yet children seem to prevent that from every angle. You are either kept awake by frequent feeding, dummy calls, nightmares, and then worry about your teenagers being out and about at night!
It is very important that you consult your Health Care Practitioner before attempting any form of sleep training, to ensure that your baby is not ill. Each sleep training technique approaches teaching your baby to sleep in a different way, and the age at which you decide to sleep train is an individual choice, however it is not advised to sleep train when your baby is sick.
The reality of the situation is that if your baby is a bad sleeper as a result of Colic or Reflux, it is likely that they will continue to be a bad sleeper when the Reflux and Colic are a thing of the past. The baby has now learnt the bad sleeping habits (which I believe take only three days to create), and it is now a behaviour that is the problem, as opposed to a medical condition. It is at this point that the services of a Sleep Specialist would be extremely valuable in helping you to correct these bad habits.
The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))
Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.