Silent Nights: Overcoming Sleep Problems in Babies and Children

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Overview

Few sounds are more disconcerting than that of a crying infant unable or unwilling to go to sleep. The sound is particularly distressing in the middle of the night when the parents know that the baby - and what they - need is sleep. Nor is the problem limited to babies. Many families endure months or even years of insomnia because of their children's habitual lack of sleep. The consequences for the parents' health, well-being, enjoyment of their children, and in some cases the health of relationships and working lives, are considerable. This book provides a sensible, no-nonsense guide to how babies sleep and why they cry. It shows how this knowledge can be applied in practical ways to help the normal, healthy baby to establish sleeping patterns that will improve its life and benefit the entire family. The process is not always easy, but following this programme means that a good night's sleep may no longer be an impossible dream.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Ruzica K. Ristanovic
This charming book is a product of years of the author's clinical experience resulting in a firm conviction that the early establishment of a sound sleep contributes significantly to the physical and emotional development of a child. The author generously shares his experience and provides parents with practical hints and advice. The purpose is to provide parents with an adequate guide to the recognition, understanding, and management of age-related sleep disturbances, from neonatal until late pre-school age. Although this book is intended for parents, its philosophy and management strategies for modification of a young child's sleep troubles should be of interest to physicians as well. The author has extensive clinical experience and is credible in the subject matter. This book represents a single clinician's opinion and recommendations. As such it does not contain references or illustrations. The major quality of the book is organization into chapters covering feeding and sleep in general, and discussion of age-related sleep and feeding problems, prevention and management of sleep troubles, and the influence of the above on parental sex life and parenthood itself. The author also summarizes his clinical research study on healthy infants documenting the effectiveness of instructing parents how to ""improve sleep performance"" of their children. The appendix entitled ""Instant Diagnosis"" is simple and easy to follow. This is an extremely useful parent guidebook. It is a labor of love and the fruit of an astute observer, a physician, who accumulated extensive experience and expertise in the field. He educates the reader about recognition of sleep disturbances in a young child,and even more importantly about their prevention and management with an ultimate goal to establish sound sleep early in life. Particularly well covered in a succinct and simple way are segments covering age-related norms for feeding and sleep schedule, recognition of ""overtiredness,"" and detailed explanations how to have the child develop ""independent sleep skills."" This book is recommended primarily to parents, but also to primary care physicians, pediatricians, and sleep specialists.
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Reviewer: Ruzica K. Ristanovic, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This charming book is a product of years of the author's clinical experience resulting in a firm conviction that the early establishment of a sound sleep contributes significantly to the physical and emotional development of a child. The author generously shares his experience and provides parents with practical hints and advice.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide parents with an adequate guide to the recognition, understanding, and management of age-related sleep disturbances, from neonatal until late pre-school age.
Audience: Although this book is intended for parents, its philosophy and management strategies for modification of a young child's sleep troubles should be of interest to physicians as well. The author has extensive clinical experience and is credible in the subject matter.
Features: This book represents a single clinician's opinion and recommendations. As such it does not contain references or illustrations. The major quality of the book is organization into chapters covering feeding and sleep in general, and discussion of age-related sleep and feeding problems, prevention and management of sleep troubles, and the influence of the above on parental sex life and parenthood itself. The author also summarizes his clinical research study on healthy infants documenting the effectiveness of instructing parents how to "improve sleep performance" of their children. The appendix entitled "Instant Diagnosis" is simple and easy to follow.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful parent guidebook. It is a labor of love and the fruit of an astute observer, a physician, who accumulated extensive experience and expertise in the field. He educates the reader about recognition of sleep disturbances in a young child, and even more importantly about their prevention and management with an ultimate goal to establish sound sleep early in life. Particularly well covered in a succinct and simple way are segments covering age-related norms for feeding and sleep schedule, recognition of "overtiredness," and detailed explanations how to have the child develop "independent sleep skills." This book is recommended primarily to parents, but also to primary care physicians, pediatricians, and sleep specialists.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195517866
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/3/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Symon is a General practitioner and Senior Lecturer in General Practice at the University of Adelaide.

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Table of Contents

1 Food, feeding and breast care 7
2 Starting solids 21
3 Sleep basics 31
4 Sleep problems 49
5 The essential advice 75
6 The first six weeks 87
7 The first two years 101
8 Day sleep 113
9 Dreams and nightmares 121
10 Winning 131
11 Losing it 145
12 Failure 157
13 Colic and other issues 169
14 Sex and parenthood 181
15 Research 187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2000

    If only we'd known!!!

    People say if you could start with your second child life would be a whole lot easier - you'd be more confident, less anxious, more in control (as much as one can be as a parent!) This book goes alot of the way to helping the unintiated 1st time or 2nd or 3rd time parent manage a seemingly straightforward but actually incredibly difficult aspect of parenting - teaching your child to sleep! With information about how long newborns and young babies have the capacity to stay awake, realistic strategies to avoid the common pitfalls of rocking or nursing your baby to sleep, the important signs and symptoms of a tired child and such a sympathetic understanding of the overwhelming sense of responsibility and ineptness one feels as a parent - new or experienced. It is a commonsense book with clear suggestions and information. We recognised all the traps we fell into with our first daughter and with the help of the book have managed to teach our second daugher to sleep very successfully - it is altogether a more relaxing and less stressful experience. I recommend it to all my friends who are about to have children. You won't get it right all of the time and it isn't easy at times to consistently follow the advice when your child sounds so upset but in the end is does help preserve your sanity to have a happy, rested child. This book sure helped my husband and I achieve this. Happy parenting!!!!!

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