Each night in the U.S., more than 5 million children wet the bed, according to Medline Plus. Boys are more affected than girls. At the age of 7, 9 percent of boys still wet the bed, compared to 6 percent of girls. Bed wetting is involuntary urination that occurs at least twice per month, so it does not have to be a nightly occurrence for it to be considered bed wetting. There are steps you can take to help a child stop wetting his bed.
Bringing your child to bed with you may seem like the easiest thing to do when you're in desperate need of sleep and she wants to be close to you. This act, however, can spiral into the habit of your child not wanting to sleep alone. By encouraging her to sleep in her own bed, you can maintain a normal sleep routine, as well as nighttime privacy.
Involuntary urination during sleep is not uncommon. According to Medline Plus, over 5 million children in the United States wet the bed during the night. Most children outgrow bedwetting by the age of 5 or 6, but by the age of 10, 9 percent of boys and 6 percent of girls still wet the bed. Still, actions can be taken to reduce the risk of bedwetting.
How much sleep do kids need and what time should they go to bed -- these are two questions parents often ask themselves. With children's lives getting busier at younger ages, it's important to set consistent bedtime routines and to establish a time to turn off the lights for the night. While no two children are the same, there are some general guidelines recommended for children during different stages of childhood.
What was that? Oh a small foot kicked me in the head! We’ve all been there- somehow, some way our already walking toddler or preschooler ends up in our adult bed.
I’ve talked about accepting Failure in previous posts but I have to admit that I didn’t think I would have to accept Failure in sleep training. So in an effort to accept it, here goes. My name is Quinn, and for over six months, my youngest of two daughters has not consistently slept through the night. My partner and I are hallow-eyed, embarrassed, and have been privately fighting in the trenches to set our family routine straight.
When considering the sleep requirements for children, Dr. Wayne H. Giles, Director of the Division of Adult and Community Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, notes that adequate sleep should not be thought of as a luxury, it is a vital sign of good health. While adults typically require seven to nine hours of sleep each day, the sleep requirements for children vary with age.
Sleep is vital for the good health of your child, but safe sleeping practices are a must if she is going to get a good night's sleep. This is especially true for infants. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has been linked to unsafe sleeping environments, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Toddlers, preschoolers and even older children can also be affected by poor sleeping habits.
When you have a newborn, you want to be near her at all times. It's just too early for both of you to separate abruptly. Some people believe that even as their baby grows, she belongs in her parents' bed. Proponents of co-sleeping say that breastfeeding is more convenient, that babies fall asleep easier and that the family bed gives working parents more time to regain closeness with their baby. But, co-sleeping is controversial for many reasons.
Falling out of bed is common for young children, especially those who have recently switched from a crib to a bed. Without the crib slats to hold them in bed, children might roll right off the edge of a regular mattress. Most falls from a toddler or twin bed won't result in serious injury. A child falling from a top bunk bed runs the risk for a more severe injury. Simple safety strategies reduce the chances of your child falling out of bed from any height.