A View on Sleep Issues in Pediatrics by Dr. Perrone
We as parents have all encountered trying times when it comes to trying to get our children to fall asleep during their infancy.  We have received advice from family members which may follow 2 different schools of thought: either let them cry it out so they can learn to self-soothe or let them co-sleep with you as long as they want for maternal-infant bonding.  What to do?  I myself as a Pediatrician for 17 years found it challenging when I tried putting my son to sleep.  I tried to let him cry it out until he fell asleep.  It was not as easy as I thought.  He cried and cried for what seemed to be an eternity.  I made sure there was nothing physically harming him (such as hair wrapped around his toes!), he didn't need to be changed, he wasn't hot or cold, he wasn't hungry or gassy.  He still cried.  I tried putting on music (having grown up in the 70's - 80's, I downloaded 70's - 80's lullabies!).  I played them for him and they worked like a charm.  This lasted for several months, then did not have the same effect anymore.  I tried giving a little chamomile tea in the bottle, this also helped on and off - but not consistently.  Ultimately he learned to self soothe and it was not an issue anymore.

Basically my advice to all parents of small infants is to listen to your child, try to figure out what his/her needs are and know that these needs are always changing.  Every child is different.  Music may work for one baby but not have any effect on another.  Try to have patience and show your child that you are there for him/her.  Remember that our parents went through this with us, not having all the technological advances we do, and we turned out O.K.!  

For further tips on sleep issues please register for our Sleep Workshop given in the Brooklyn Office on August 27th with Carolina Romanyuk,
 New York’s leading sleep consultant and international children’s book author.  You can register by calling the Brooklyn Office at 718-833-2300.  For more information on Carolina, please visit her website at

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