Are night terrors genetic?

28 Jun 2010

Recently, however, a study led by Jacques Montplaisir of Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal has linked the occurrence of night terrors in children to genetics in about 40% of cases.

In a night terror, the subject wakes abruptly from slow-wave sleep gasping, moaning, or screaming.

A child suffering from night terrors is confused, disoriented, and cannot be consoled.

When left alone the child re-enters the sleep state, forgetting the episode in the morning.

The recent study has shown that a child's risk of sudden awakenings decreases by one half after it reaches two and a half years.

What shape is your child’s head? Positional plagiocephaly AKA flattened head syndrome

16 Jun 2010

What shape is your child’s head? It’s a serious question. In the past 12 years, doctors have noticed a significant increase in a condition that makes children’s heads grow in an abnormal way. It can cause pain and distress. Left untreated, some children need

When Tilly was born she slept

16 Jun 2010

By Clare (not verified)

When Tilly was born she slept in a moses basket beside my bed. When she was approx. 3 months old she caught a bad cold and had difficulty sleeping. I thought it would be a good idea to prop Tilly's moses basket up at the head-end in order that her head would be raised (not that much but just sufficient so that she wasn't lying flat any longer). I had read that it was dangerous to allow babies to sleep on pillows so I placed a large book under the base of the moses basket - between it and the stand. This seemed to do a marveous job, Tilly soon got over the congestion and her sleep was improved.

Thanks for sharing your

16 Jun 2010

By chireal

Thanks for sharing your experience in such detail Clare. It can be so hard for parents to get the whole parenting juggling ten balls in the air right and the guilt we feel when things don't go to plan. I am so glad things have improved and you were able to move forward. Please contribute again.

All the best Chireal

The Little Green Sheep

16 Jun 2010

Sleep expert, Chireal Shallow, encourages parents to look for a natural option when it comes to babies sleeping environments: “Not only is there a significant environmental impact of synthetic mattresses, babies spend around 18 hours a day asleep for their first two years, so their sleeping space can have a big impact on their health and the quality of sleep. I’m still surprised that more parents are not looking for natural fibre mattresses, over synthetic options.

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