Why does the child not sleep well?
When an adult can not fall asleep for a long time or constantly wakes up in the middle of the night, this is called a sleep disorder. When it comes to the same symptoms in an infant, this is considered the norm. But in fact, a night sleep for a baby is as natural and normal as it is for us. Why does the baby not sleep well and how to help him?
When do not children sleep?
Probably, every pregnant woman has repeatedly heard advice: "Get enough sleep! A child will be born - you will forget about sleep. " It's familiar, is not it? This expectation of sleepless nights initially sets us up to the idea that not sleeping and crying at night babies - this is normal. But the reasons for his insomnia are important. If the baby wakes up to eat, there is nothing unsettling about this. Children up to six months can eat every three hours, and children who are breastfed, and at all perceive the breast as something more: with a mild awakening, it helps them make sure that the mother is nearby, and fall asleep. Up to three weeks the child has no intervals of wakefulness. Forty days the period of continuous wakefulness should not exceed 20 minutes, by two months - 1 hour, by the end of the third month - 1.5-2 hours.
It is quite clear violations of a night's sleep, if the child's teeth are chopped. Try yourself to sleep peacefully 12 hours, if you are tormented by a toothache. When the tooth begins to cut through the gum, the child can cry out in a dream and cry loudly. Relief occurs when mum will spread gums on the gums, but many children are not helped by any means. Sometimes the gums of the baby do not hurt so much as they itch and ache. This gives the baby a huge discomfort. In this case, the child may not cry, but he can not fall asleep either: he actively jumps, crawls and drags everything into his mouth. It is important to understand that toothache can cause bad sleep only if the child is older than 5-6 months. Before, such night tantrums usually have completely different reasons. But it's easier for many parents to write off on their teeth.
When do children need help?
Baby up to a month sleeps almost 24 hours a day. From 1 to 5 months, the child must sleep 17-18 hours. From six months to a year 14-15 hours. Usually, from one and a half years, children go to one day's sleep, which lasts from 1,5 to 2,5 hours.
Night sleep lasts for 10-11 hours. Count, whether your child gets enough sleep. Of course, all the children are different, but if the child does not sleep during the day or midnight is awake for no apparent reason, it is not because "he is, he suffices." The reason lies in the health problems that need to be addressed. After all, such excessive energy and lack of sleep eventually lead to a strong overstrain and psychoemotional instability.
Above we considered the reasons that naturally cause a child to wake up: hunger, toothache, the desire to go to great length, the desire to make sure that my mother is near. All this is quite normal for a healthy child. If the tummy is normal, no teeth are expected, but the dream does not go well, you need to look for a more serious reason. The most common complaints of moms:
- the child falls asleep heavily and for a long time,
- often wakes up in the middle of the night and cries,
- screams and "stops", while it is impossible to calm,
- when he cries, throws his head back,
- during the nocturnal hysterics refuses the breast or beloved nipples,
- with a large amount of milk, the child all night "hangs" on his chest and does not allow her to pick up in half an hour, not an hour later,
- begins to cry at the same time in the evening, as scheduled.
All of the above clearly indicates that the baby experiences severe discomfort and tries to cope with it. Long continuous sucking in a dream does not allow the child to go into a deep phase of sleep, which means - to fully relax. But without a breast, he cries, because she makes his condition a little easier. When it becomes completely unbearable, the child refuses it and just cries.
All these symptoms can talk about birth trauma. Perhaps, this trauma is obvious and then you, for sure, are in the know. But this is a rather rare case. Quite often, mothers do not even know about the birth trauma of a child. They are convinced that the birth went well. But when talking with them, it turns out that the birth was caused earlier than their natural start, they were protracted or otherwise fast, a fetal bladder was opened at the very beginning of labor, fights were stimulated with oxytocin, epidural anesthesia was applied, vacuum extraction of the fetus was applied, pressed on the stomach, attempts, the excruciating period lasted very long (more than half an hour), etc. All these features of the course of labor unambiguously lead to birth trauma.
Many mothers, whose children were born by Caesarean section, are convinced that their children are absolutely healthy: they avoided these squashes and squeezes, and therefore nothing could hurt them. However, this is a delusion. Nature can not be fooled: it is natural birth that helps the baby to appear in the light in the most gentle way. In the process of contractions, the muscles of the mother act on the skeleton of the child, providing a soft stretching of the spine, the lungs squeeze out excess fluid, the newborn can make a full first breath. Family stress, thanks to a powerful hormonal surge, involves the work of certain areas of the brain, responsible for adaptation to the external environment. The child, extracted from the mother surgically, lost this opportunity. In addition, he experienced a colossal pressure drop when it was removed. All caesarians have a birth trauma by default.
How to treat a birth trauma?
With birth trauma, osteopathy works. Neurologists and orthopedists are engaged in its consequence: excitability, torticollis, encephalopathy, hyperactivity, hip dysplasia, intracranial pressure, motor and mental retardation, hypo- and hypertension of muscles, umbilical hernia, congestion of tear fluid, etc. It is logical that if we eliminate the cause, then get rid of the diagnoses. However, it is important here when treatment began. The sooner you show the baby to the osteopath (ideally - one month after the birth), the greater the chance of nullifying even such serious diagnoses as cerebral palsy or post-traumatic hydrocephalus. The less damage was done to the injury, the greater the probability of a complete cure.
With birth trauma you can work at any age, but, naturally, the earlier treatment is started, the better the results.