We all know the saying “sleeping like a baby”, well, in my experience, it must mean a very poor quality sleep. I could relate to this saying because my child does not sleep. He is a toddler now who has never had a full night of uninterrupted sleep. From the very day of his birth until now, he wakes up at least 2 times a night. Some nights are worse than others. So, to say that the topic of how to make your child sleep like a baby is dear to my heart, is to say nothing at all. Since I refuse to medicate my child or give him anything toxic, I look for natural ways to resolve the problem. Some methods work better than others and it all depends on your child and his/her personal characteristics. Here are the best natural remedies to help your child sleep through the night.
Top Natural Remedies to Help Your Child Sleep Through the Night
This is not a definite list of all things natural to make your child sleep. This is just a simple list of remedies we are currently trying to help our son sleep.
Chamomile has been used since Ancient Rome as a sleep aid for children. Remember what Peter Rabbit’s mother gave to him to help him rest? Chamomile. The reason why chamomile is such an effective remedy for insomnia is because it relaxes your muscles. To make chamomile tea for children, pour one cup of boiling water over one tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers. Steep for fifteen minutes and give your child half a cup of chamomile tea an hour before going to bed. (where to find)
Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt baths are soothing, calming and relaxing. Epsom salts are very effective at providing your body with magnesium. Deficiency of magnesium adds to insomnia and anxiety.
I’ve been giving my son Epsom Salt baths nightly and I’ve witnessed a great improvement. He soaks in them for at least 20 minutes. It’s an excellent detox as well as an overall muscle relaxer. (where to find)
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has been used for thousands of years to reduce anxious feelings, boost immune system response. Lavender’s oil contains compounds that help to slow brain waves which helps relieve stress and promotes mental relaxation. Currently, I rub a few drops of lavender essential oil on my hands and rub a little on his forehead and the bottom of his feet. I also try to diffuse it before his bed time.*
Did you know that cherries contain melatonin, nature’s sleep-regulating hormone that is produced in your brain? The Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorders Research recently published a study which found that tart cherry juice can improve sleep and reduce insomnia. “This clinical trial suggests that CherryPharm, a natural juice, improves sleep in individuals with insomnia. Given the side-effects of some prescription medications, it is encouraging to have a natural product as an alternative,” states Dr. Wilfred Pigeon of the University of Rochester Medical Center and principal investigator on the study. I personally haven’t tried this method yet but since the cherry season is coming, I will be using it daily.
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