Sleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleepSSleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleepSleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleepEnglishPreventionChild (0-12 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-04-13T04:00:00Z7.4000000000000069.90000000000001305.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>​Learn some tips to help your child get enough sleep.</p><p>Sleep brings your child a wide range of <a href="/Article?contentid=645&language=English">physical and mental benefits</a>. From birth onwards, your child’s wellbeing depends on their getting enough sleep for their age and activity levels. Following the tips below will help your child fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>​Help your child get enough sleep by following a regular schedule, encouraging your child to exercise and follow a balanced diet and limiting caffeine from the afternoon onwards.</li> <li>A relaxing routine and a comfortable sleep environment - free of electronics - can also help a child fall asleep more easily and sleep through the night.</li> <li>Make the morning routine easier by preparing breakfast and laying out clothes the night before.</li> <li>See a doctor if your child seems inattentive or sleepy during the day or experiences loud snoring or pauses in their breathing at night.</li> </ul><h2>Further information</h2><p>For more tips on maintaining your child's mental health, please see the following pages:</p><p><a href="https://meant2prevent.ca/">Meant2Prevent</a></p> <p> <a href="/Article?contentid=639&language=English">Nutrition: How a balanced diet and healthy eating habits can support your child's mental health</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=642&language=English">Physical activity: Guidelines for children and teens​</a><br></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=641&language=English">Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing​</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=645&language=English">Sleep: Benefits and recommended amounts​</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=647&language=English">Sleep tips: How to help your teen get a good night's sleep</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=643&language=English">Screen time: Overview</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=644&language=English">Screen time: How to help your child set healthy limits</a></p><h2>Resources</h2><p>Canadian Paediatric Society (2012). <em> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/healthy_sleep_for_your_baby_and_child">Healthy sleep for your baby and child​</a></em>.​</p><p>National Sleep Foundation (2016). <em> <a target="_blank" href="https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/children-and-sleep">Children and sleep</a></em>.</p>
Conseils sur le sommeil : aider votre enfant à bien dormirCConseils sur le sommeil : aider votre enfant à bien dormirSleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleepFrenchPreventionChild (0-12 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2016-07-18T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez des conseils pour aider votre enfant à dormir suffisamment.</p><p>Le sommeil comporte toute une gamme de <a href="/Article?contentid=645&language=French">bienfaits pour la santé physique et mentale</a> de votre enfant. À partir de sa naissance, le fait de dormir suffisamment pour son âge et son niveau d’activité détermine son bien-être. En suivant les conseils ci dessous, vous pourrez aider votre enfant à s’endormir et à dormir toute la nuit sans se réveiller.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Aidez votre enfant à dormir suffisamment en adoptant un horaire régulier et en l’incitant à faire de l’exercice, à avoir une alimentation équilibrée et à limiter sa consommation de caféine à partir de l’après-midi.</li> <li>Une routine apaisante et un contexte propice au sommeil – sans appareil électronique – peut aussi favoriser le sommeil chez l’enfant et l’aider à dormir toute la nuit.</li> <li>Allégez la routine du matin en préparant le repas du matin et en choisissant les vêtements de l’enfant la veille.</li> <li>Consultez un médecin si votre enfant semble distrait ou somnolent durant le jour ou s’il affiche des ronflements sonores ou des pauses de respiration la nuit.</li> </ul>

 

 

Health & wellnessHealth & wellnessHealth & wellnessHEnglishNAChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2018-01-19T05:00:00Z000Landing PageLearning Hub<p>Learn about the importance of routine health care. Also find information about the importance of sleep and physical activity and how much your child should be getting.</p><p>Learn about the importance of routine health care including hand washing, eye and ear care, and dental care (includes some practical posters that can be downloaded and printed out). Also find information about physical activity and its benefits, and how much your child should be getting. Finally, learn about the importance of sleep and how you can help your child get a good night's sleep.</p><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Cleanliness and grooming</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Find information about basic care for your child from the importance of hand hygiene to how to take care of your babies skin and nails. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=435&language=English">Bath time for newborn babies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=967&language=English">Foreskin care in children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1981&language=English">Hand hygiene</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=434&language=English">Skin care, nail care and dental care for newborns</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Clothes, toys and equipment</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn about the importance of car seat safety for newborns, babies and children. Also find some information about how to keep your nursery safe for your newborn. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=438&language=English">Car seat safety for newborn babies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=495&language=English">Car seat safety for babies and children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=432&language=English">Holding and dressing your newborn baby</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=437&language=English">Nursery equipment safety for newborn babies</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Dental care<br></h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn about basic dental care for your child and find information on some common mouth and tooth disorders. There are also some printable resources to use with your child about brushing their teeth, drinking from a cup and drinking water. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=434&language=English">Skin care, nail care and dental care for newborns</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1994&language=English">Teeth: Dental care for children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=304&language=English">Teething</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1995&language=English">Tooth injury: First aid</a></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Mouth and tooth disorders</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=939&language=English">Canker sores</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=940&language=English">Excessive drooling</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=23&language=English">Oral thrush</a></li></ol></li><li><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h3>Printable Resources</h3></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PDF_Dental_care_brush_every_night.pdf">Poster: Brush every night when teeth are in sight</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PDF_Dental_care_start_a_cup.pdf">Poster: Start a cup as I grow up</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/PDF_Dental_care_water_between_meals.pdf">Poster: Water between meals is more than ideal</a></li></ol></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Elimination</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Find information on a variety of topics such as toilet training, functional constipation, diarrhea, anal fissure and urinary tract infections. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=4&language=English">Abnormal-looking stool</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=5&language=English">Anal fissure</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" 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You will also find resources about ear infections. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=962&language=English">Blocked tear ducts</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=750&language=English">Earache</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=8&language=English">Ear infection (otitis media)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1941&language=English">Eye anatomy and function</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=456&language=English">Eye concerns in newborn babies</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=995&language=English">Eye drops: How to put in</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1976&language=English">Eye examination for your child​</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=996&language=English">Eye ointment: How to apply</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=782&language=English">Pink eye (conjunctivitis)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=747&language=English">Swimmer's ear (otitis externa)</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=424&language=English">The five senses</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Physical activity, sports and fitness</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Learn how much physical activity your child should be doing, how it will benefit them and how you can promote it in your child. Find information about helmets, concussion and how to manage your child's return to activity after a concussion. </p></div><ol class="list-group" style="display:none;"><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=963&language=English">Concussion: Managing your child's return to everyday activities</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1978&language=English">Finding and keeping a healthy body weight</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=766&language=English">Head injury and concussion</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1966&language=English">Heat-related illness: How to prevent</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1982&language=English">Helmets: How they prevent injury</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1983&language=English">Helmets: How to get your child to wear one</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1950&language=English">Enhancing movement skills in your child</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1953&language=English">Organized sports: A winning formula for children</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=641&language=English">Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=642&language=English">Physical activity guidelines for children and teens​</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=625&language=English">Promoting a positive body image</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=838&language=English">Sport-related concussion​</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1992&language=English">Sports nutrition</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=308&language=English">Sun: Protecting your child's skin</a></li><li class="list-group-item"> <a class="overview-links" href="/Article?contentid=1949&language=English">The role of active transportation and child-friendly communities</a></li></ol></div><div class="panel panel-primary"><div class="panel-heading clickable"> <span class="pull-right panel-heading-collapsable-icon"><i class="mdi mdi-chevron-down"></i></span> <h2 class="panel-title">Routine health care</h2></div><div class="panel-body list-group" style="display:none;"><p>Find information about immunizations and when your child should have them. 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Sleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleep646.000000000000Sleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleepSleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleepSEnglishPreventionChild (0-12 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2020-04-13T04:00:00Z7.4000000000000069.90000000000001305.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>​Learn some tips to help your child get enough sleep.</p><p>Sleep brings your child a wide range of <a href="/Article?contentid=645&language=English">physical and mental benefits</a>. From birth onwards, your child’s wellbeing depends on their getting enough sleep for their age and activity levels. Following the tips below will help your child fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>​Help your child get enough sleep by following a regular schedule, encouraging your child to exercise and follow a balanced diet and limiting caffeine from the afternoon onwards.</li> <li>A relaxing routine and a comfortable sleep environment - free of electronics - can also help a child fall asleep more easily and sleep through the night.</li> <li>Make the morning routine easier by preparing breakfast and laying out clothes the night before.</li> <li>See a doctor if your child seems inattentive or sleepy during the day or experiences loud snoring or pauses in their breathing at night.</li> </ul><h2>Keep to a schedule</h2><p>Your child's body likes a regular schedule. Keep a regular sleep routine that allows your child to wake up and go to bed at about the same time every day. During times of stress or uncertainty, it is especially important to keep to a regular schedule of sleep and wake times. Older children may see the lack of formal school or routine as a reason to allow later bedtimes and as a result, later wake up times, but try to encourage them to keep to a regular sleep and wake schedule. </p><p>Try to make sure your child falls asleep and wakes up at the same time at least six days a week. Bedtimes and wake times should not vary by more than one hour from one day to the next, including on weekends.</p><p>Try to avoid letting your child sleep in late on weekends. Sleeping in can make it harder for your child to keep a regular schedule during the week. If your child is well rested, you can change the schedule once in a while for special events and they can recover from the occasional late night much faster.</p><h2>Help your child develop healthy habits</h2><p>Help your child develop and maintain good daily lifestyle habits. These will help make your child comfortable and ready for sleep.</p><ul><li>Encourage your child to get regular exercise.</li><li>Avoid or limit caffeine (from pop, energy drinks, coffee, tea or chocolate) from the afternoon onwards.</li><li>Offer regular, balanced meals based on the four food groups in <a href="/Article?contentid=1436&language=English">Canada's Food Guide</a>.</li></ul><h2>Avoid naps for children aged six and older</h2><p>A healthy child over six years of age should not need a nap during the day. Daytime naps for older children can affect the time the child will fall asleep at night. This results in a later bedtime and may lead to poorer quality nighttime sleep.</p><p>If your child is under six years of age, allow them to have a nap if they need one. If your child is six years old or older, try to limit daytime napping. Napping during the day, or early evening, will make it harder for your child to fall asleep at bedtime.</p><h2>Create a relaxing routine</h2><p>Create a relaxing bedtime routine that your child can follow each night. To start, be clear about when it is bedtime each night. For example, tell your child that 8:00pm is ‘pyjama time’ and 8:30pm is lights out, and stick with those times. If your child has difficulty falling asleep, you could allow extra time by starting their bedtime a little earlier.</p><p>Encourage your child to take a bath or shower before bed to help them feel sleepier and more relaxed. Going to bed with a calm state of mind can reduce the risk and frequency of common <a href="/Article?contentid=306&language=English">sleeping problems</a> such as nightmares, sleep walking and <a href="/Article?contentid=305&language=English">night terrors</a>.</p><p>Include 20 to 30 minutes of quiet time in your child’s bedtime routine. Good wind-down activities include reading, looking through a magazine, listening to music or writing in a journal. Dimming the lights half an hour before your child’s bedtime will help your child feel sleepy.</p><p>Avoid and discourage stimulating activities such as playing videogames, using the computer, using a cell phone. <a href="/Article?contentid=644&language=English">Turn off all electronics</a> at least one hour before bedtime.</p><h2>Create a comfortable sleep environment</h2><p>Make sure your child’s pyjamas are comfortable and appropriate for the season and that their bedroom is cool and quiet. It is also important for them to sleep on a mattress and pillow that offer good support to their spine.</p><p>Keep the bed for sleeping only. In other words, discourage your child from doing their homework or using a computer in bed. These activities can cause your child to link bedtime with stress or active thinking when they are trying to sleep.</p><p>Avoid having a television, computer, tablet or cell phone in the bedroom. Watching television or using a computer, tablet or a phone at night can stimulate the brain rather than relax it. In addition, your child may get into the habit of turning on the television or checking their phone if they cannot stay asleep during the night. If you are watching television after your child falls asleep, make sure the volume is low enough that they cannot hear it.</p><p>Put a glass of water by the bed so your child does not need to get out of bed if they are thirsty during the night. Make sure the water is in easy reach for your child.</p><p>Consider engaging your child’s different senses to help them fall asleep. For instance, children who have trouble falling asleep may enjoy the relaxing smell of lavender. You could use lavender scented laundry detergent or place a few drops of lavender oil on your child’s pillow.</p><h2>Tips for a happier morning</h2><p>Offer your child some options for breakfast and prepare it with your child the night before, if possible. For example, you could cut up fresh fruit and cook oatmeal the night before so you or your child can quickly combine them the next morning.</p><p>Help your child choose an outfit the night before. If your child is old enough to get dressed alone, place the outfit somewhere they can easily reach it in the morning.</p><p>If your child is in school, help them pack their backpack before bed. Making sure everything is packed and ready to go the night before makes for a much less stressful morning. At night, you have more time to look for something that may be missing or to sign an important school note.</p><p>Let your child know what time you will wake them up in the morning. Calmly wake your child in the morning by giving them a hug, gently rubbing their arm or quietly saying their name.</p><h2>When to see a doctor about your child’s sleep</h2><h3>Toddler/preschooler</h3><p>See your child’s doctor if your child:</p><ul><li>has persistent and loud snoring or pauses or <a href="/Article?contentid=1918&language=English">problems breathing</a> while sleeping</li><li>seems irritable, hyperactive, inattentive or sleepy during the day</li><li>has excessive <a href="/Article?contentid=271&language=English">anxiety</a> about being separated from you during the day and night</li><li>has just developed a problem with sleep</li><li>finds it hard to change from two naps to one nap a day</li><li>sleepwalks</li><li>has <a href="/Article?contentid=305&language=English">night terrors</a> or frequent nightmares.</li></ul><h3>School-aged child</h3><p>See your child’s doctor if:</p><ul><li>your child's teacher tells you they seem tired even though you think they get enough sleep</li><li>your child develops new night terrors or sleepwalking habits that they did not have before the age six or seven</li><li>your child needs regular naps</li><li>your child experiences loud snoring, pauses in their breathing or extreme restlessness at night.</li></ul><h2>Further information</h2><p>For more tips on maintaining your child's mental health, please see the following pages:</p><p><a href="https://meant2prevent.ca/">Meant2Prevent</a></p> <p> <a href="/Article?contentid=639&language=English">Nutrition: How a balanced diet and healthy eating habits can support your child's mental health</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=642&language=English">Physical activity: Guidelines for children and teens​</a><br></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=641&language=English">Physical activity: Benefits of exercise for health and wellbeing​</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=645&language=English">Sleep: Benefits and recommended amounts​</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=647&language=English">Sleep tips: How to help your teen get a good night's sleep</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=643&language=English">Screen time: Overview</a></p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=644&language=English">Screen time: How to help your child set healthy limits</a></p><h2>Resources</h2><p>Canadian Paediatric Society (2012). <em> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/healthy_sleep_for_your_baby_and_child">Healthy sleep for your baby and child​</a></em>.​</p><p>National Sleep Foundation (2016). <em> <a target="_blank" href="https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/children-and-sleep">Children and sleep</a></em>.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/sleep_benefits_recommended_amounts.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/sleep_benefits_recommended_amounts.jpgSleep tips: How to help your child get a good night's sleepFalse