Monday, March 28, 2011

Parents can encourage good sleep habits in their kids at a young age 4:25 PM, Mar. 25, 2011 When bedtime rolls around, everyone is ready to go right to sleep, right? If only. Sometimes getting your child to bed can be a struggle. Following the bedtime tips below and staying consistent with them can ease the bedtime battles and have the whole family drifting off to dreamland. “It’s really important to start good sleep habits from the beginning,” said Adria Lind, a family support specialist at the Parent Connection in Menasha. “It just sets the stage.” “Sleep is important for all stages of growth,” said Dr. Kevin Gentile, a pediatrician with Affinity Medical Group, pediatric department in Neenah, noting that sleep helps with physical growth, development of the brain and even with moods. Studies show that just the tiniest decrease of sleep in time can build up and lead to issues in school attention and concentration, Gentile said. In addition, children need to have healthy sleep patterns that will help them later in life. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to drama such as meltdowns and tantrums, even hyperactivity. Read the rest of the article here.

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