Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jackie | 2012-04-24



Hi my daughter has just turned 2 years old. She has always had sleeping problems. She is very restless and doesn''t settle unless she is lying on me. Sometimes she stays up all night and won''t go to sleep. Please I need some advise on what to do

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Obviously this cannot continue. Your daughter is already 2 years old and she needs to be in her own bed in her own room.Tell her that she is a big girl now and she is old enough to sleep in her own bed. Put her to bed and read to her for a while, then kiss her good night and leave her room and let her fall asleep. If she starts to cry let her cry for at least 5 minutes before going to her. Do not allow her leave her bed or come to your bed. If she cries again add a minute on each time before going to her.Be firm and do not give in otherwise her poor sleeping pattern will continue for a long time.This can be hard on the nerves for a night or two but it will work.Read about the 'controlled crying' method on Google.

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Posted by: Sheila | 2012-04-26

Hi Jackie,

It seems she has a fear of being on her own. Can you move her bed to your room and lie with her until she falls asleep? Or perhaps have her ears checked out. Sometimes when a child lies down, the pressure on their ear drums is excruciating and this makes them cry.

Does she have a comfort toy or object? My 2 year old has a pillow and goes to sleep with a bottle of Rooibos tea with milk.

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Posted by: Jackie | 2012-04-24

What I left out is if I walk out the room and my husband takes her she makes herself vomit. I tried the controlled crying method an all she does is make herself sick and cries for hours. I really don''t know what to do. Is there anything else I can try?

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Posted by: Sheil | 2012-04-24

Hi Jackie,

I had a similar problem. You have to try the Crying Method. You can Google it to get some ideas. Your child has to develop a routine and be able to sleep in her own bed. She will be left to cry for a short while, you go in, console her and leave. The next time you leave her to cry a bit longer, go in, console her and then leave. Perhaps leave a night light on for her. It is very tough in the beginning, but I must say, it paid off. My child wakes only once a night for a drink, then settles back into his bed.

You need to do this for yourself as well, otherwise you are going to go off your rocker.

Hope this helps!

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