Day light savings – Interview with Stamford Advocate

October 31, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Posted in sleep | Leave a comment
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Day Light Saving – “OMG! The time change is coming! What do I need to do?

October 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Posted in sleep | Leave a comment
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This is the message that I’m getting on my voice mail and in emails as well as from moms and dads all across the country. Okay let’s take a deep breath…… and remember that we go through this every year. It comes and goes and we get through it just fine. You really don’t need to worry about it.

Daylight saving officially ends the first Sunday in November which this year falls on the 1st. The good news is, we gain an hour. So at 2:00 am November 1st, you will set your clock back one hour.

Who doesn’t love getting an extra hour of sleep. Unfortunately if you are a parent, you will not share the same benefits as your childless peers because your children will be waking one hour earlier.

Well don’t fret, remember we all get through it and forget about it until the next time change and it’s usually not too painful. So, with that said, what adjustments can we make to get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible?

Napping Children:

Naps: Start the naps 1/2 hour earlier than the normal nap time. For example, if your child’s original nap time was 8:30 am, then make it 8:00 am instead.

Bedtime: Since the naps are starting earlier and probably ending earlier, then you will also need to make the bedtime earlier. A 5:00 pm bedtime might be necessary especially for the younger babies taking two naps a day.

Transition Complete: As the wake time inches closer to the original, the nap times will also start occurring at the normal times once again.

Children who are not napping:

Bedtime: make it a little bit earlier, maybe a 1/2 hour if they too are getting up earlier. Once the wake time gets back to normal, so can the bedtime.

Big Kids and/or Pre-teens:

Our older children and young adults will benefit from this time change. As it is these kids are at such a deficit of sleep due to early school times and late nights doing homework, any amount of extra sleep will make a difference.

Overall it takes about a week for the older kids and a little more for the younger ones to come together. The only advice for the moms and dads; get yourselves earlier to bed as well. Until next time………….

–Deborah Pedrick, Founder, and mother of Soren ,age 12

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Sleep problems misdiagnosed as ADHD

October 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Posted in children, Infants, parenting, sleep | Leave a comment
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Sleep problems misdiagnosed as ADHD.

Infant Car Seats Lower Oxygen Levels in Blood During Sleep – Health News –

September 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm | Posted in sleep | 1 Comment
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By Denise Mann

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2009 ( — Infant car safety seats can—and do—save newborns’ lives in traffic accidents. In fact, you can’t leave the hospital without one.

However, these seats, which require infants to be placed in an upright position, can also cause breathing problems when babies sleep in them, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The seats can compress the chest wall and reduce airway size, which could result in lower oxygen levels in the blood, the researchers found.

“Car seats and car beds can result in mild respiratory compromise in about 20% of newborns,” explains lead researcher T. Bernard Kinane, MD, the chief of pulmonary pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. “These safety devices should only be used for protection during travel and not as a replacement for a crib.” A car bed is a special type of car seat used for premature infants or newborns that are at risk of breathing problems.

Many parents think of car seats as a cozy spot for kids to sleep, even outside of the car, because they’re so easy to use, says Selena Silva, the program coordinator at the Child Passenger Safety Program at Children’s Hospital, in Denver.

“In the early days of parenthood, new parents are desperate to find any comfortable place for an infant to sleep,” she says. “But car seats are really meant to be used in cars.”

In the new study, 200 healthy newborns spent 30 minutes in a hospital crib, 60 minutes in a car bed, and 60 minutes in a car seat. The infants had lower oxygen levels when in the car seats and car beds than when they were sleeping in hospital cribs. Specifically, the infants had an average oxygen saturation level of 95.7% in a car seat, compared with 96.3% in a car bed, and 97.9% in a hospital crib.

The researchers repeated the experiment for two-hour sleep intervals and got similar results. Dr. Kinane believes it would be a good idea to redesign infant car seats so that they do not cause chest compression. His idea? “New buckles and a new back to allow the head to fall back,” he suggests.

When it comes to car-seat safety, the recline angle of the seat is crucial, says Silva. As part of her job, Silva checks the angle of every car seat, as well as the heart rate and oxygenation levels of every newborn discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit at her hospital.

“We believe in it so much that it’s part of our procedure,” she says. “A doctor will specify whether the newborn passes or fails, and there is equipment such as car beds that can be utilized to address any issues if they should fail.”

Each car-seat manufacturer specifies the appropriate reclining angle for its seat, so if the product is installed correctly, it should help keep the child’s airway open, Silva says. In general, an infant car seat should sit at a 45-degree angle to prevent the baby from slumping and to keep his or her airway open, she explains. This is also the angle at which the seat has been crash-tested, according to Silva.

“Read the owner’s manual and only use these seats for travel,” she advises.

Infant Car Seats Lower Oxygen Levels in Blood During Sleep – Health News –

Mom’s Sleep Beliefs Affect Baby’s Nights –

September 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Posted in sleep | Leave a comment
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Health Tip: Back to School, Back to Sleep – US News and World Report

August 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Posted in sleep | Leave a comment
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