A recent Sleep Sense Conference in the United States provided phenomenal content and REALLY rekindled my passion for providing children and parents in South Africa the gift of a Good Night’s Sleep.
I was struck by how much I missed my beautiful dirty-handed, Barney-watching, bambino of 20 months. Children possess such a huge part of our hearts, and I was just overcome with the sense of responsibility that a child is in our lives and how much of who we are, is centered on them. At GoodNight, there is NOTHING our consultants take more seriously than the responsibility of working with your child.
Some factoids learned at the Sleep Sense Conference include the following: :
1. THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF A BABY’S LIFE DETERMINE BREASTMILK SUPPLY GOING FORWARD
It is vital for a new-born baby to be breastfed as much as possible in the first three days, as new studies have proven that this will ensure a constant milk production in the future. It is suggested that parents leave the pacifier or dummy in the drawer for the first few days and try to enjoy the bond with their newborn.
2. PEDIATRIC CHIROPRACTING CAN SOLVE EAR ACHES, CONSTIPATION AND EVEN STUTTERING
One of the world’s leading pediatric chiropractors shared amazing testimonies of what chiropractic treatments can achieve for families with newborns.
3. ZINC MIGHT BE THE REASON FOR YOUR CHILD’S PICKY EATING
It has been proven that sufficient amounts of zinc can actually improve and change taste buds. A leading cause for children being picky eaters is insufficient amounts of zinc.
4. AUTISTIC CHILDREN RULE HOUSEHOLDS
An informative session from an Autism specialist explained the importance of parents being aware of the signs of autism. The earlier it is detected, the better it can be treated with behaviour therapy. Autism also does not need to be the reason for poor sleep in any child.
5. BOYS SOMETIMES NEED MORE HELP WITH SLEEP
Boys’ and girls’ brains develop completely differently and for the sake of brevity, in simple terms girl’s brains develop front-to-back, and boys’ from back-to-front. When the structure of the brain is analysed, it becomes apparent why boys often need a little more help to be taught how to sleep well.