Tools For Managing Sleep Problems
Check out a range of tools you can use to help with your child's sleep problem - 'bedtime fading', 'bedtime pass', 'camping out', 'checking method' and using a reward system. You could also check the section on sleep problems for more information about managing specific sleep problems.
Putting children to bed when they are not tired increases the chances of bedtime struggles. Therefore, for some children it is best to start by setting the bedtime at the time they usually fall asleep and gradually making the bedtime earlier.
For children who have a difficult time staying in their bedroom or cry out, making a bedtime pass for your child may be valuable.
If your child is anxious about going to sleep, then 'camping out' may be helpful. You put a chair or camp bed next to your child's bed and gradually remove the chair as your child begins to fall asleep alone.
If your child is anxious about going to sleep or you think it may be hard to keep them in their bedroom, then using the 'checking method' may be helpful.
Rewards can really motivate a child to improve their behaviour. They work best if given soon after the behaviour, not after a few days.
There are many reasons why tamariki may be having trouble with their sleep. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute has podcasts and sleep strategies that can help you to manage some of the sleep issues tamariki may have.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea.
Sleep problems are common in children. In most children, healthy sleep habits will sort out their sleep problems. If your child does need more help, using a medicine such as melatonin will work better if healthy sleep habits are in place.
An oximetry test measures the amount of oxygen in the blood and can be used to assess your child's breathing during sleep.
Polysomnography (PSG) is a special type of sleep test which provides the most detailed information about breathing problems during sleep.
Neuromuscular conditions are disorders of the nerves that control the body and muscles. Neuromuscular weakness can affect different muscle groups necessary for breathing. Even when there is no cure for a neuromuscular condition, there are ways to help manage breathing problems that may improve your child's health.