Food

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Did you know that what you feed your child, how much of it and at what time may have an effect on your child’s sleep?

Foods that are sleep inducing, foods that prevent sleep, being hungry, being full , food intolerances, bloating or constipation all may be contributing to how your child settles and sleeps.

You may wish to try adjusting food habits to help with sleep. You should always seek medical advice before making any significant changes you your child’s diet.

You could try gently phasing certain foods out over a period of days or weeks so that less and less is consumed overall without anything suddenly being taken away. For example, you could offer one biscuit instead of two (http://www.autism.org.uk/about/health/child-sleep.aspx)

http://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/sleep/foods

http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Get-a-Good-Nights-Sleep.pdf

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http://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/resources/early-support-information-on-sleep

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