Raising a child is not an easy task. But raising a child who refuses to eat and sleep is much harder.
More often than not, a child who refuses to eat and sleep has a problem because children naturally love eating and sleeping. The best thing to do is to talk to your child and find out what is bothers him or her. Your child may not open up to you at first, but if you give a reassuring talk, he or she will share his or her feelings with you.
If nothing is bothering your child, here are some of the tips to get them to eat or sleep.
Let your child help in the food preparation. Doing things together in the kitchen might help your child develop interest in different types of food and get him or her to gain the appetite to eat. Start with something simple like milkshakes, cookies, and pancakes.
Start eating yourself. Children are mimics. If your child sees that you are dieting or limiting your food intake, there is a possibility that he or she will imitate you. It is better, to develop healthy eating habits that your child will follow.
Set the mood for sleep. There are a lot of things you can do to make sure that your child is ready to sleep when bedtime comes. Do not give your child chocolates, soda, and anything with caffeine at least there hours before bed time. Make your child take a warm shower at least an hour before bedtime and make them change into pajamas or sleeping clothes. It is advisable to read to your child, bedtime stories and tuck him or her into bed.
Read on sleep problems in young children. Statistics show that many children suffer from behavioral insomnia. Your child might be one of them. To find out, observe if your child frequently wakes up at night that you do not get sleep yourself. If this happens, then your child might be suffering from behavioral insomnia. Find out ways to solve this problem. Seek medical advice if needed.
Make your child's bedroom conducive to sleep. Use darker shades in curtains or drapes. You can also paint the ceiling black and stick glow-in-the-dark stars, planets, and animals. If your child cannot sleep without lights, opt for a night light.
These are just some tips that can help you overcome difficulties when a child refuses to eat and sleep. Through time you will be able to figure out your own ways to get your child to eat and sleep as you raise him. Ultimately, your goal is to help your child develop healthy eating habits and good sleeping patterns.