Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: DJK | 2013-01-10

Q.

Girls not sleeping

My girls (age 4 &  5) are just not sleeping at night. They always use to go to bed fine but lately it''s a struggle and I have to keep the TV on loud downstairs (just for them to know we are in the house). They sleep for about 2 hrs and then wake up and come to our room every single night and say they either dreamt of a " monster"  or my 5 yr old has this anxiety that we are going to leave her alone at home. They are in our bed every night and things need to change and I need them to stay in bed, especially cause I am worried about them not getting enough sleep at night and they are miserable in the mornings from not enough sleep. How can I keep them in their room and in their own beds? I do take them back when they come to my room but the youngest one puts up such a fight and will wake the entire house that I just give in and let her have her way and I know it''s the wrong thing to do.

Any suggestions?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Something has made your daughter's feel very insecure at night. Have they heard about something unpleasant or frightening recently that could have made them feel so insecure? Letting them come to your bed at night will prolong the problem. They needs lots of reassurance. No scary TV before bedtime. Keep the house quiet and peaceful. Read to them at bedtime. Keep the mood light so read happy stories. They may like a night light in their room for a while. Take them back to bed to their own beds when they arrive at your bed at night even if there is a performance.

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