Provide training to all NHS GP's and Health Visitors on the baby and child sleep
To provide all NHS GP's and Health visitors with an accurate basic knowledge on baby and child sleep. Sleep deprivation is one of the biggest causes of mental health problems in parents and the advice given is very mixed, inaccurate and could cause families more harm.
GP's and Health Visitors all seem to have different ideas on baby and child sleep. This ranges from:
How much sleep they should have
When they should wake from their last nap
Starting solids to get babies to sleep
Using Piriton (drugging them)
Letting them cry themselves to sleep
Assuming all babies and children will just fall asleep when they are tired
Cutting naps from already sleep deprived infants
Yes, I have heard all of these. Science and research needs to be taken into account now.
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