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Health Canada updates sleep recommendations for babies

It’s likely that the only time your newborn is left unattended is while sleeping.

Sleep apnea isn’t just for adults

If your child snores as loudly as your grandfather, he could have sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition in which breathing is obstructed during sleep. That was the first clue for Megan Harvey (name changed) who was worried her baby wasn’t sleeping properly. “He kept waking up and crying so many times...

Everything you need to know to help your children sleep better

Here’s everything you ever needed to know to help your children sleep better, and you too.

Glorious Sleep: How to cope when your baby won’t sleep through the night

The average adult should get eight hours of shut-eye each night, but with wee ones in the house, that’s an unlikely scenario. The U.S. National Sleep Foundation found that new parents lose 350 hours (that’s 14 days!) of nighttime sleep during a baby’s first year. And a 2008 study...

Ask Dr. Marla: How can I help my baby sleep more soundly?

Question: Our 18-month-old daughter is a terribly light sleeper. Even my touching the doorknob of her room can wake her. She seems to sleep better with a noise machine, but we are afraid she will become dependent on it. Should we continue with it? Only use it when really necessary? What can you suggest to help her sleep through noise? Answer: A recent...

When Your Baby is Awake All Night

Is your baby awake all night and asleep all day? Here’s how to reset the clock. Having a newborn in the house will turn any parent’s life upside down – in some cases more literally than others. Many new babies sleep for hours on end during the day and suddenly come...

Sleep Deprivation

Amanda Oberst suddenly realizes she’s driven past the exit for the grocery store. She had only three hours of sleep the night before. Her infant daughter kept her up. Greg Patterson arrives at work but he’s in a fog. His third child has kept the family up for the last...

From the Crib to the Bed

Fifteen to 30 percent of toddlers have sleeping problems, such as trouble falling asleep, waking and crying often during the night, or (for preschoolers) nightmares. Some children have such sleep problems for months or years. This cycle can be stressful for parents, who can become exhausted from waking...

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Sleeping patterns Young babies have different sleep needs and habits. Some babies sleep for 20 hours per day, while others need only 12 hours. By six months, your child should have a fairly predictable sleeping pattern that includes one or two naps during the day and a good stretch of sleeping...

Ask Dr. Marla: Snoring

Q. My preschooler snores like a trucker even when he doesn't have a cold. Is this something I should have checked? A. Snoring is often due to enlarged adenoids and/or nasal blockage. Your adenoids sit high up behind your nose and cannot be seen when your doctor looks into your child's...

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