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Straight Talk About Sleep in Infancy-Updated (Pedcast)

Introduction

Welcome, I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen.  At the time of this recording, it will have been my honor to practice general pediatrics for the past 35 years. Today we are going to talk about an extremely important topic for you and your child….how to get a good nights sleep for both you and your infant.  You remember that whole concept before you had kids– you lay down and are not disturbed for 8-12 hours and you sleep.  Ah, bliss.  A day doesn’t go by without me talking to a family with a significant sleep problem regarding their children. Like the family I spoke with recently.  Lovely people with a gorgeous child who I was seeing for his six-month checkup.  Let’s call him Johnny. I asked the standard questions about Johnny’s sleep and I got that look.  Mom is up with him at least 3 times a night breastfeeding and rocking.  She seemed exhausted and maybe starting to get resentful of her child’s constant demands at night.   She is a working mom and totally exhausted all the time.  This situation is not good for this mom or Johnny, so in today’s pedcast, I’m going to tell you what advise I gave Johnny’s family and I am going to give you some simple tools to teach your children how to become good independent sleepers.  Don’t miss this important episode of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading