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8-Early morning waking

Early morning waking Waking up before 6am can be exhausting for parents although children seem to cope better! Early morning waking is common in children 3 years and older, but they eventually grow out of it. The first step: Why are we waking The first step to managing early morning waking is to work out why it might be happening. Some of the common reasons include: Your child gets a ‘reward’ e.g. playing with TV …

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1-checking method

Controlled comforting or checking method Controlled Comforting or the Checking Method (for older children) is a strategy for dealing with persistent settling and waking problems in children. It involves briefly comforting, settling and then leaving your child for short time periods so your child learns to go to sleep on their own. The purpose of this is to reassure your child you are still there and to reassure yourself that your child is OK. This …

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1-Deep breathing

Helping your child relax: Deep breathing Teaching your child ways to relax can help them fall asleep at night. This hand- out discusses a method known as Deep Breathing. Other methods include the Worry Box, Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Visualisation. Deep breathing can help children relax. Taking deep, slow, breaths gives our body the message to relax. Teaching your child deep breathing First, ask your child to relax their shoulders. Ask them to breathe IN …

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3-sleep association

Sleep associations Some children are unable to fall to sleep without the presence of a special person, thing or activity. This can stop children from falling asleep at the start of the night, and make it hard for them to get back to sleep when they naturally wake in the middle of the night too. Key features are: Some important tips: 1. Your child needs something (e.g. music, certain toy) or someone (e.g. mum or …

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7-sleepwalking

Sleep walking and sleep talking Sleep walking and sleep talking are when your child walks around or talks as if awake, but is actually asleep. Sleep walking and sleep-talking do not hurt your child, and most kids grow out of it. Sleep walking and sleep talking usually happen in deep sleep, often during the first few hours of the night. Your child might: Get out of bed and walk around as if awake, but not …

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6-Nightmares

Nightmares and night terrors Nightmares are frightening dreams that usually wake your child. In a night terror your child suddenly becomes agitated, perhaps crying or screaming, looking panicked, sweating and inconsolable – however, this does not usually wake your child. Although they seem similar, there are differences in why they happen and how best to manage them. Nightmares vs night terrors They are both common in children and usually don’t mean anything is wrong. They …

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5-Night terrors

Nightmares and night terrors Nightmares are frightening dreams that usually wake your child. In a night terror your child suddenly becomes agitated, perhaps crying or screaming, looking panicked, sweating and inconsolable – however, this does not usually wake your child. Although they seem similar, there are differences in why they happen and how best to manage them. Nightmares vs night terrors They are both common in children and usually don’t mean anything is wrong. They …

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4-rewards

Rewards Rewards can really motivate a child to improve their behaviour. They work best if given soon after the behaviour not after a few days. After a couple of weeks, they may not work as well but by then you hope your child’s behaviour has improved! Reward charts are appropriate for children 3 years and over. Setting up a reward system 1. Set up a chart Create it: You can choose from lots of different styles of …

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4-Bedtime Fading

Bedtime Fading If your child is taking more than an hour to fall asleep after your chosen bedtime, you may find that trying to put your child to bed at the earlier time results in bedtime struggles. For some children it is best to gradually make their bedtime earlier, starting at the time they are naturally tired and ready for bed. Setting a suitable bedtime A good strategy for changing your child’s bedtime is Bedtime …

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3-rewards

Rewards Rewards can really motivate a child to improve their behaviour. They work best if given soon after the behaviour not after a few days. After a couple of weeks, they may not work as well but by then you hope your child’s behaviour has improved! Reward charts are appropriate for children 3 years and over. Setting up a reward system 1. Set up a chart Create it: You can choose from lots of different styles of …

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