Your Baby & Toddler - - Talking Point - BY LORI CO­HEN

Re­search re­leased at the SLEEP 2015 con­fer­ence in Seat­tle also showed that healthy sleep habits can set your child for life­long good health as sleep debt puts chil­dren as risk of obe­sity, di­a­betes and a sup­pressed im­mune sys­tem. This is be­cause sleep reg­u­lates the neu­roen­docrine sys­tem and glu­cose me­tab­o­lism. be­tween mid­night and 4am. “As the lev­els of cor­ti­sol drop, the lev­els of cells in­volved in al­lergy (IGE, his­tamine) tend to in­crease con­sid­er­ably, which in turn re­sults in the cough­ing and wheez­ing be­tween 12 and 4am. For this rea­son your nose is more blocked dur­ing the night with al­ler­gic rhini­tis, and your skin itches more with eczema. Both will keep kids awake at night,” says Dr van der Schyff.

Ear in­fec­tions also keep chil­dren up at night due to the pain and dis­com­fort caused by ly­ing down. As this in­creases, the col­lec­tion of fluid puts ex­tra pres­sure on the in­flamed tis­sue in the ear.

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