Sleeping Alone: Tips for Your Child

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Here are some tips to get your child to sleep alone.
Air Date: 2/24/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Tanya Altmann, MD
DrTanya labcoatA leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Sharecare Advisory Board member Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts. Dr. Tanya has served on the board of the National Association of Medical Communicators and the executive board of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Communications and Media. She completed her internship and residency at UCLA, received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.
Sleeping Alone: Tips for Your Child
"Can I sleep with you?" It's a harmless question, but kids sleeping with parents can become a habit.

It may seem easier to acquiesce than to find out what's really bothering your child.

Sleeping in one's own bed can be pretty scary for a child. When the lights go out, all that was familiar in daylight is now unrecognizable.

If your little one doesn't want to go to bed alone, coax your child into explaining what's bothering him. You can provide him with a flashlight or nightlight. A large stuffed animal might allay his fears of being alone. You can also ask your child for suggestions of what might make his own bed (or bedroom) feel more comforting.

Dr. Tanya Altmann shares tips on how you can get your child to sleep alone.
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