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Health Tip: When Your Child Cries at Night

Health Tip: When Your Child Cries at Night

01/11/12

(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 room.
  • When your child calls for you, offer a gentle reminder that it's time to go to sleep.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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