Offered by Brighton Pediatrics
The holidays are a wonderful time to travel and see family. Sometimes the disruption to a young child’s routine can cause problems when you get home. One of the most common problems is with your child’s sleep. Young children (and adults) have trouble sleeping in new environments. It usually takes 2-3 days in a location before they are sleeping comfortably. When you return home, it can take 2-3 more days to readjust to being back at home.
The biggest thing you can do is try to continue their routine while you travel. A recommended routine usually includes a 30-45 minute wind-down period, brushing teeth, bathing every other day, reading a story before bed and then lights out at the same time each night. Some young children have trouble staying asleep. You should go back in and comfort them, but try not to pick them up, feed them or interact much with them. Just let your presence calm them and when they are calm you can leave the room again.
Please see our website www.brightonpeds.com for more information about getting a good night’s sleep. We hope you had a Happy Holiday and are wishing you a healthy New Year from Brighton Pediatrics!
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