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how do I get my 8 year old to sleep?

My 8 year old just will not sleep and I don't know how to make him.
In Topics: Sleep and rest
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Dec 5, 2013
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You are never in control of food, poop and sleep.  Start by having a nightly ritual about the time he seems tired.  Bathe, brush teeth, read two or three short stories then put him/her to bed.  Adjust the time based on daylight, your needs, and how soon it is after a meal. Be consistent. Some children are loons and others larks; however, an eight year old should get 12-10 hours sleep.  No naps during the day.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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