Hol­i­day heal­ers MDs swear by

All that to­geth­er­ness, travel and treats can lead to snif­fles, sleep woes and more. To the res­cue: Doc­tors share the nat­u­ral strate­gies they rely on to tame their own kids’ hol­i­day health hic­cups

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For can’t-sleep ex­cite­ment

Break­fast be­fore bed

“Last year, my son was cast as the lead in his school play. His anx­i­ety about the play com­bined with the ex­cite­ment of the hol­i­days made sleep very dif­fi­cult,” re­calls mother-of-two Saun­dra Dal­ton-Smith, M.D., au­thor of Sa­cred Rest. To help him get the rest he needed, she of­fered her son sleep-pro­mot­ing evening snacks. “What worked well for us was a small bowl of low-sugar ce­real with sliced ba­nanas and 2 per­cent milk,” she says. How it helps: Com­plex car­bo­hy­drates and dairy prod­ucts in­crease the avail­abil­ity of the sleep-in­duc­ing amino acid tryp­to­phan. Says Dr. Dal­ton-Smith, “Thanks to the snacks, my son was able to fall asleep eas­ily and he stayed asleep un­til his alarm sounded in the morn­ing.”

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