Children and sleep: Debunking some common myths about their sleeping habits

Have conflicting pieces of advice about your child’s sleeping habits left you confused about what to believe? Here are a few common myths regarding sleep that are just plain false.

Cereal right before bed helps your baby sleep through the night

Wrong. There are a number of factors that can influence whether or not a child will sleep through the night, such as his or her temper, maturity or environment. However, no scientific study has demonstrated any link between infant feeding and the duration of nocturnal sleep.

Besides, giving cereals to a baby less than four months old isn’t recommended because the digestive system isn’t yet ready to process solid foods. Beware of introducing solids too early, as it could lead your child to develop conditions like diabetes and obesity.

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