Health Tip: When Your Child Cries at Night
(HealthDay News) -- Though it's tempting for parents to run to
their child at the slightest cry during the night, experts say
that's not always the best reaction.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for
when your child cries at bedtime:
- Wait a few minutes before responding; if the crying continues,
wait longer each time before you respond to the cries.
- Offer reassurance that you're there, but don't play, linger or
turn on a light if you do enter the room.
- Each time you enter the room, stay a little farther from the
bed; eventually, reassure your child without entering the
- When your child calls for you, offer a gentle reminder that
it's time to go to sleep.
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