Some parents are familiar with this unpleasant situation: a small child refuses to fall asleep. Either crying sobbingly, reaching hysterics, or quietly but persistently sobbing, moaning, forcing him to carry him in his arms, rocking him in a wheelchair for hours. Parents are very tired and worried: what's the matter? Maybe these are signs of some kind of illness?
A child may simply be afraid of the dark. As a rule, this happens after the baby is "moved" from the parent's bedroom to the nursery. A small child has a very vivid imagination, he may well imagine monsters watching him in this room. And he is alone, mom and dad - in the language of instinct, "absolute protection" - not around! So he cries, not allowing them to leave and leave him alone with the "monsters". What should parents do? In no case should you be angry with the baby, let alone shout at him or spank him! It is much better if a low-power night light is on in the children's room, so that there is not complete darkness, but only twilight. You can leave the switched on lamp in the corridor, and do not close the door to the nursery. In the twilight it is quite possible to sleep well, and the darkness will not frighten the baby. Sometimes a big plush toy - a "protector", for example, a bear, helps. A child is calmer when such a "watchman" sits at his bed. The child could get tired elementary, overworked, and not only in the physical, but also in the psychological sense. For example, guests came to their parents, sat cheerfully, listened to loud music, caressed the child, passing it from hand to hand: how cute, how fast it grows! This is a joy for mom and dad, and the baby's sensitive and fragile nervous system has experienced too much stress. Here he can not calm down in any way. What is the conclusion from this? Of course, no one demands that parents live as recluses! But when receiving guests, one must still try to avoid unnecessary noise. And do not give a tiny child in the arms of strangers. If you explain: “Then he cannot sleep for a long time, he cries!”, The guests will surely understand everything correctly and will not be offended. The baby may be teething. In most cases, this is accompanied by pain and itching in the gums, so it's no surprise that the baby cries and cannot sleep! How can you help your baby in such a situation? You can lubricate his mouth with special gels containing components that reduce pain and itching. In some cases, a toy ring helps the child to chew on it. But basically, here you should be patient, and sympathize with both the baby and his parents.