Insomnia is not a problem present only in adults. And your baby may suffer from this sleep disorder. Most parents face it when their baby does not fall asleep despite all the known means of falling asleep. Its causes are difficult to detect, because unlike adults, babies cannot communicate the reasons that do not allow them to sleep.
The sleep and wake cycle of a baby differs from that of an adult. They experience a shorter sleep cycle and easier to interrupt or disturb. Sometimes, even the slightest noise or the slightest trace of light can awaken it. But sleep disruption in the baby during the day and night is normal. They also wake up to pop or be changed. What is not normal is not to fall asleep again or to wake up frequently and at short intervals.
What are the causes of insomnia in the baby?
The baby's sleep can be disturbed by several factors and there may be several causes behind it: physical trauma (injuries that can cause pain); dental eruption; bad dreams or nightmares; breathing difficulties (nasal obstruction, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma); various diseases of childhood and infections (colds, influenza, varicella, mumps, measles, colds in the stomach, etc.); skin irritations (hives, psoriasis, eczema, diaper irritations, sunburns etc.); stimulants in the diet or in the environment (taurine in drinks, caffeine in food and beverages, passive smoking, etc.); high sugar foods; gastrointestinal disorders (bloating, stomach gas, diarrhea, constipation, colic, cramps); certain medications or treatments.
What are the symptoms of insomnia in babies?
This condition is difficult to detect in babies, due to the fact that they naturally wake up quite often. Sporadic awakenings could mislead both parents and doctors. Frequent awakenings, with some constant lack of immediate sleep, are suspect. Especially if you make sure the baby is changed, fed, washed and does not seem to suffer from anything, but still does not want to sleep. Insomnia in young children may be accompanied by symptoms such as: agitation; attacks of anger; pain; depression; irritability; weeping; anxiety.
How is insomnia treated in babies?
Generally, with the identification and treatment of the underlying cause of the sleep disorder, babies are able to sleep better. Also, creating a stable sleep routine from birth helps establish a pattern of sleep free from turbulence or insomnia. Doctors recommend that parents try to feed their babies at the same preset hours each day, take baths and sleep daily at the same time.
Also, the environment in which the baby sleeps is essential for stimulating sleep without problems. The room must be airy, dark and not circulate through it. It is also indicated that the room where the child sleeps is placed as far away from the living room or kitchen, where there is a large lounger. Pay attention to problems that can cause colic or tooth eruption. They most often disrupt the baby's sleep and it is advisable to take the necessary measures to relieve the symptoms.
How do you help the baby overcome insomnia?
If your baby starts crying in the middle of the night, do not rush to go to bed immediately; wait a few seconds or a minute, it is possible to stop alone and fall asleep again without any intervention; on the other hand, if you go to him too quickly there is the possibility that he will feel you and want you in his arms; it will be difficult for you then to leave it in the crib; you can leave the relaxing music on the background at a very small volume, to prevent the baby from being awakened by certain noises or movements around him; never sleep the baby in your arms; accustom him to sleep only in his crib; otherwise, he will wake up from how you let him out of his arms. If even after ensuring all the necessary conditions for a quiet sleep, the child fails to sleep and wakes up constantly, it is necessary to return to the doctor for further investigations.
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