No sleeping pills for toddlers
A new trend seems to be spreading: So-called “magic drops” to help children fall asleep better. Doctors strongly warn against giving children even minimal doses of sleeping pills. The drugs can have fatal consequences for the offspring. The sudden cessation of breath is very feared.
Even small doses can lead to respiratory arrest
Doctors and authorities warn against sleeping pills for small children. This dangerous trend brings with it enormous health risks. Hermann Josef Kahl, spokesman for the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ), said in a message from the news agency dpa: "Even in low doses, respiratory arrest can occur." The agents that act on the brain could also be dependent do.
Dangerous trend must be stopped
According to the Bavarian Ministry of Health, more and more parents are now giving their offspring sleeping pills. However, there are no valid numbers. "This dangerous trend, which pediatricians also observed, must be stopped," said Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU) according to dpa.
How much sleep children need
Couples who have become parents for the first time often find it difficult to estimate how much sleep the children actually need. Experts point out that the need for sleep is age-dependent and can vary considerably from person to person.
Experts recommend that babies between four months and a year need around twelve to 16 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period, one to two-year-olds take around eleven to 14 hours and three to five-year-olds ten to 13 hours - including morning and afternoon sleep.
The duration is somewhat reduced for older people. Schoolchildren between the ages of six and twelve should sleep about nine to twelve hours at night, and youngsters between the ages of 13 and 18 should get eight to ten hours of sleep.
When children don't want to sleep
But what to do if young children don't want to sleep? Often it is enough to create a pleasant and calm routine for bedtime and a sleep ritual.
In addition, the little ones should be active during the day to keep them busy. Some experts believe that nighttime sleep disorders can be promoted by napping and therefore not all children need one.
The German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ) also explains on its website: "Going to bed should be fun and not a punishment." And: "Sports or exciting activities such as television, computer games, exciting reading, etc. prevent a good night's sleep before going to bed. "(ad)