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Infant sleep and digestion

watch 27/10/2022

Getting young babies to go to bed and keep sleeping is a struggle most caregivers know all too well, and it's exhausting for everyone involved. During the neonatal period, there is an expectation that the new […]

Getting young babies to go to bed and keep sleeping is a struggle most caregivers know all too well, and it's exhausting for everyone involved.

During infancy, there is an expectation that your new addition will frequently wake up in the evening and nap during the day. As infants move into the toddler years, naps begin to dwindle and longer periods of sleep at night become the norm, or so we hope.

As physical and emotional development progresses, children often begin to resist sleep and their normal bedtime routine can quickly change.

Whether you have a brand new bunch or a two-year-old whirlwind, quality sleep is essential for the whole family.

Newborn having trouble sleeping

After nine months of being directly connected to their mother, it makes sense that babies love the warmth and connection of being held as they drift into a deep infant sleep.

Waking up often to feed is one of the natural needs of a baby. This frequency will be different for each baby and is an additional fourth-trimester adjustment for parents.

Another common struggle that may be less expected during this period is abdominal pain.

Colic is described as periods of repeated fussiness, unsteadiness, irritability, and irritability for no apparent reason or relative cause. Newborns often pull their legs up close to their belly, may want to feed and then refuse, and may not be as calm as usual.

Up to 40% of babies worldwide will experience some form of colic. This can start as early as three weeks old and continue until the baby is 12 to 16 weeks old [1] .

Newborns often prefer to lie flat to relieve pressure on the stomach and may prefer to suck on something, such as a pacifier. Body touch is also beneficial in reducing stress for an infant, and a gentle tummy rub or warm bath can help soothe discomfort.

Herbal support is another gentle way to relieve pain. Kiwiherb created ColicComfort, a blend of Roman Chamomile, Lemon Peel, Rhubarb and  #Ginger, to address the nervous system and soothe an overwhelmed and distressed child. This blend also soothes the digestive tract to relieve pain or discomfort caused by wind or trapped reflux.

This formula has been specially developed to be suitable for use by infants and older.

Small brain development

As children enter the toddler years, the desire for independence and decision-making becomes more important. This can lead to testing boundaries and expressing opinions firmly from your kids.

The skill set your child has learned from birth so far is astounding, and each development along the way will affect their sleep and behavior in some way.

With this growth also come new sleep challenges, like having nightmares and waking up to go to the bathroom, where sleep has been disrupted and needs to be re-established.

Keeping the environment calm, dark, and quiet is essential to keeping the 'sleep' from being 'half awake' to help your baby settle back to sleep.

The Kiwiherb blend, Bedtime Bliss, may also help encourage a return to sleep. This formula combines  #Chamomile ,  #Withania  and  #Hops to relax the nervous system and stimulate a return to the land of nodding. This mixture is also safe for babies.

It is also important to consider the impact of social development and environmental change. Starting daycare or kindergarten is a huge social step for young children in regards to changing schedules and major developmental processes such as sharing or taking responsibility for themselves and their belongings. .

Increasing daily activity can stimulate emotions that overwhelm or reproduce naps, causing the evening sleep schedule to be thrown out. If your child has a specific health condition or handling need, this will also affect how they sleep.

Likewise, a parent returning to the workforce or a new addition to the family can shake up a toddler's world. Fear of being away from home or not being an only child is an important emotion to deal with and can have a direct impact on sleep regression.

#Chamomile and #Lemon Balm at ColicComfort will work great in this situation to ease nervous tension, while Bedtime Bliss also helps ease an anxious mind. Both formulations are also suitable and effective for daytime use.

Rolling out of habit

Everyone has some form of habit that is reinforced most of the time. Whether this is strictly followed or feels very fluid, we all have common signs of sleep.

Regularly having the same 'cool off' time can help reduce sleepiness in babies. This can be as simple as turning off the television, putting on pajamas and brushing your teeth, then telling a bedtime story.

Even if your child is struggling with sleep, they will still understand the patterns you have developed and will know the signs of sleep.

If recent naps have been left behind, you may find yourself setting a goal of getting your child to eat dinner and go to bed earlier than usual to avoid 'late naps' at all costs and to let your child still get enough sleep. Bedtime Bliss can be helpful in this situation and is especially helpful when you get to the 'too tired' stage.

It can take a whole lot of patience at times but consistency is key, even if you don't feel like it all the time.

Like most things, sleepless nights aren't destined to last forever – although it may feel so at the time. Supporting your child with soothing herbs, routines and conditioning energy output can help everyone relax at night.