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Wake up! Your kids are tired.
More and more often, bedtime is a battle that parents just don't have the energy to fight. With the demands of juggling work, running a household, and raising kids, it is easy for parents to be lax about their children's sleep habits. They may not realize that fatigue is the number-one cause of health and behavioral problems, and it is frequently overlooked. If you find that your kids are often cranky, hyperactive, or prone to headaches and growing pains, these are red flags that they may be overtired.
Describing the unique sleep requirements for every stage of a child's development from infancy through adolescence, Is My Child Overtired? is a proactive child-rearing plan that encourages parents to establish and stick to a sleep routine for the whole family. Pediatrician Will Wilkoff, M.D., explains how to recognize the signs of fatigue and gives you specific guidelines to determine how much sleep a child really needs (you'll be surprised -- they need a lot more than you think). Combining practical wisdom with a voice you can trust, Is My Child Overtired? discusses:Getting off on the right foot with your new babyHelping your child to sleep through the nightCrafting a relaxing and reliable bedtime ritualAdding daytime siestas when nighttime sleep isn't enoughFinding ways to maintain bedtimes on weekdays, on weekends, and even during school vacations and family tripsSimply put, when your kids sleep more, they'll feel better. And so will you.
The truly cruel joke that mother nature plays on children, (and their poor, exhausted parents) is that being overtired tends to manifest symptoms in ways that exacerbate the problem.
The symptoms of overtiredness in infants, toddlers, and children could be more acute than in adults, as they require more sleep each day. This is because infants, toddlers, and children are...
Is Your Child Overtired? Many of us have seen their baby fall asleep in the high chair.
As the sleep pressure builds, our circadian alerting system works to keep us awake. At nighttime, if the sleep pressure is strong enough, we see the signs of a tired child, but right before it shuts down ...
Children and infants suffering from overtiredness manifest their symptoms in different ways.