Do your children wake up late every day? Then, you should be happy as it is a good sign that your child is sleeping well. But you have to worry when the child fails to wake up even after several alarms and you literally have to drag your child out of the bed. There are many children who fail to get sound sleep at night and feel lethargic and are unable to focus on studies during day time.
Is your child cranky? Is your kid unable to concentrate on studies or do their daily chores with ease? Then, he/she must encounter sleep problems. Yes, you have heard right! Many children become night owls, and that takes a toll on their overall well-being. Sleep is vital for young children. Early in life, one experiences tremendous development that impacts the brain, body, emotions, and behaviour and sets the stage for their growth through childhood and adolescence.
Having a sound sleep at night can help children lead healthy lives. Thus, from babies to school-aged kids and teenagers, parents might be keen to know many hours of sleep is essential for their child.
New-borns' need to get around 14 hours of sleep, infants need around 15 hours of sleep, toddlers need approximately 14 hours of sleep, pre-school children need around 10-13 hours of sleep while school-going children of 6-13 age need around 9 hours of sleep.
Here are a few foolproof tricks to help your child get sound sleep at night:
* Allow your child to get at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep every day without fail. If your child has a habit of sleeping late then make bedtime earlier half-an-hour as doing so will help your child wake up on time, and he/she will not have to miss online classes.
* Try to maintain the same schedule and your child will be able to sleep peacefully and complete his/her sleep properly. Create a consistent bedtime routine to calm down the child and make him/her sleep on an immediate basis.
* You will have to limit your child's exposure to electronic gadgets at least 1 hour before sleeping. Do not allow your child to play games on the mobile or watch television before hitting the sack as doing so can snatch away the child's sleep.
* Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks, particularly in the second half of the day as it hampers good sleep. Don't let your child drink a lot of water before sleeping as he/she will have to make continuous trips to the loo and the sleep will be disturbed.
* Maintain good lighting and temperature in the kid's room. Don't fill up the child's bed with toys and heavy blankets that will suffocate the child and make him/her uncomfortable. Use a good pillow and mattress that will support your child's back and neck. Improper mattress and pillow can lead to back and neck pain.
If your child has any sleep problems such as loud or heavy breathing, snoring, and even waking up after regular intervals then you need to consult the doctor. Make sure your child gets enough sleep on a regular basis so that he/she can stay healthy and hearty.
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Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Thursday said the state's first genome sequencing analysis laboratory to detect Coronavirus variants like Delta will soon be opened in the state.In a statement, the Minister said that the facility will be inaugurated by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, which is coming up at the DMS campus, will be opened within the next ten days.The statement said that equipment worth Rs 3 crore has been purchased for this and five technicians from Tamil Nadu were sent to InSTEM, Bengaluru for training.The state health minister said that in Tamil Nadu 2.70 crore people have been vaccinated so far. Out of this 2,03,07,691 people have received their first dose and 48,58,628 people their second dose of vaccine.He also said that 2,74,011 pregnant women and 1,95,934 lactating mothers have received the vaccine in the state of Tamil Nadu.Ma Subramanian said the Tamil Nadu health department has stopped administering the first dose of Covaxin to people as the state needs four lakh doses of the vaccine for the second jab. The state health minister said that as two doses of Covaxin are administered at a gap of 28 days, there is a shortage.The state health minister also said that he has sent a letter to the Union Health ministry informing that a minimum of four lakh doses of the vaccine is required to administer the second dose of the vaccine.He said that as of now the state has received 39,08,250 doses of Covaxin and 36,31,545 doses had been administered to the people. He also revealed that private hospitals have a stock of 2,12,937 doses of vaccine.He said that the state has presently 8,89,877 doses of vaccine in stock and is expected to receive 27 lakh doses as part of the state's August month allocation from the Union health ministry within 13 days.He also said that around 1.28 lakh people have benefitted in a fortnight after the Chief Minister launched the 'Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam' which is taking health care to the doorsteps of people.Ma Subramanian told IANS, "We are on top vigil for the presence of variants and the new laboratory to test genome sequencing would be of help to detect these variants. Regarding vaccine, we are expecting more quantity in the next couple of days."--IANSaal/dpb
<br>The Cabinet has decided to purchase nine million doses of the Sinopharm vaccines and 14 million doses of the Pfizer jabs to vaccinate thoese aged between 18 and 30.At present, Sri Lanka is vaccinating only those above 30 years of age.A Cabinet spokesman said the vaccination programme was initially started to inoculate 14 million by August 9. However the country had received 19.49 million doses and 11.26 million were used as the first dose and 3.25 million doses.Last month, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's senior advisor Lalith Weeratunga stated that the government was planning to vaccinate school children between the ages of 12 and 18 years against Covid-19 using the US-manufactured Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Sri Lankan schools have been closed for nearly one and half years.Meanwhile amidst daily increasing deaths and cases, the governmenthas tightened health guidelines from Thursday allowing only one person to leave the house. The Director General of Health Services, Asela Gunawardena issuing a fresh set of guidelines stated that all private and public education institutions, universities, indoor sports complexes, swimming pools, and spas will be closed from today. Children's parks, carnivals, concerts, beach parties and beach gatherings have also been banned.However hotels and resorts were allowed to open for only 25 per cent of the total capacity, while shopping malls and supermarkets too were allowed only 25 per cent. In addition, an island-wide overnight quarantine curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. will also be in force.For a second consecutive day, Sri Lanka recorded 170 deaths with 3,660 new cases. Health experts, trade unions and all opposition parties are demanding the government to lock down the country for two weeks to save the healthworkers from the fast spreading Delta variant.A number of cities have been voluntarily closed by citizens and traders for a week while the Mayor of capital Colombo urged people to not to enter the city as 98 per cent of those infected there were found with the Delta variant. Rosy Senanayake urged shops except those providing essential services be closed for two week. "We are in a very dangerous situation. Though we have a good health system, our capacity have been exceeded and there only limited number of ICU beds available."In a shocking prediction, the Monash University in Australia in collaboration with World Health Organization's SEAR and Sri Lanka County Office projected that the number of Covid cases would increase up to mid-September at 6,000 cases per day, deaths up to early October coming to a peak at around 220 per day. The joint team which made the estimation using Sri Lanka's Epidemiology Unit data warned that ICU admission will peak at around 275 by early October with cumulative deaths around 30,000 by January 2022.--IANS<br>ksk/<br>
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