Category: Health & Development

Baby Sleep and Memory

During the REM phase of sleep, the baby’s brain assimilates and stores all the information that babies receive during their wakeful and alert hours. Babies are in an almost constant state of motor skill learning and coordination. They have a lot of new material to consolidate and, therefore demand more of sleep. Hence, sleep appears to ...

Baby Sleep and Growth

Sleep is essential for baby’s development, health and growth. The human growth hormone, a protein hormone secreted by the pituitary gland responsible for the baby’s physical growth, is mostly secreted while the baby is in deep sleep. In fact, studies have proven that 80% of growth hormone is released during the deep sleep phase. Therefore severe ...

Sleep and the Immune System

Lack of sleep makes ours and our children’s immune systems weaker, hence they makes us more prone to catching colds, viral infections and the flu. Our immune system is designed to protect us from colds, flu, and other ailments. Lack of sleep suppresses immune system functions. A study published in the September 25, 2002 issue ...

Effects of Lack of Sleep in Children

The less sleep children get, the more likely they are to perform poorly in school, to become depressed, and to have a poor sense of self-worth, according to a study of 2,259 Illinois middle school students published in the January-February 2004 issue of Child Development. As these kids progressed through the middle school years, if ...

Risk of Too-Early Formal Sleep Training

Although parents can start teaching babies healthy sleep habits from the begining, it is not advisable to follow any kind of formal sleep training method when the baby is too young. What’s too young? It depends on the baby! Most babies are ready to start formal sleep training at 4 months, and others aren’t until they’re ...

Rule Out Medical Problems before Sleep Training

Before you start any sleep training program with your child, you should always rule out medical problems that might be causing your her sleep problems. Therefore, it is wise to discuss sleep issues with your child’s pediatrician. These are some medical problems that might interfere with your child’s sleep quality: Nasal Congestion – Newborn infants ...

What are we feeding our children?

When I watched the “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”, I was outraged. Our children are getting pizza for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch, flavored milk as a snack… in their schools! This show is a must-see for all parents. If you haven’t watch it, I invite you to do so; and take action afterwards. Make sure ...

The Importance of Sleep

This weekend I came across this great article, explaining the importance of ‘sleep’ for children; and I thought I should share it. Good, Sound Sleep for Your Child Making sure your child gets good, sound sleep ensures he or she will have a sound foundation for proper mind and body development. Sleep on These Following ...