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Sensory Processing Issues in children.

Sensory issues have previously also known as sensory processing disorder. Many doctors and experts believe sensory issues are a component of another condition or disorder an is one reason why little is known about the issue and how best to treat it. But what is known can help parents, healthcare providers, and other caregivers understand their child’s experiences and provide support.

Symptoms of sensory processing issues may depend on the way in which a child processes sensations. Children who are easily stimulated may have hypersensitivity. Children who aren’t as easily stimulated experience fewer sensations and have hyposensitivity. The type of sensitivity your child has may largely determine what their symptoms are. For example, children who are hypersensitive often react as though everything is too loud or too bright. These kids may struggle being in noisy rooms. They may also have adverse reactions to smells.

Sensory issues aren’t an official condition. That means there is no formal criteria for a diagnosis. Instead, doctors, educators, or healthcare providers who work with children who have issues with processing sensory information work off what they see in the child’s behaviors and interactions. Generally, these sensory issues are highly visible. That makes a diagnosis easier. In some cases, professionals may use the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) or the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM). Both of these tests can help healthcare providers and educators better understand a child’s sensory functioning.

Newborns sleep recommendations for parents.

Newborn sleep is a round-the-clock adventure by ages 3 to 4 months many babies can sleep at least five hours at a time. At some point during your baby's first year, nighttime stretches of 10 hours are possible. In the meantime, a little creativity can help you sneak in as much sleep as possible.
Suggestions or strategies that can help:
Sleep when your baby sleeps.
Silence your phone, hide the laundry basket and ignore the dishes in the kitchen sink.
Calls and chores can wait.
Set aside social graces. When friends and loved ones visit, don't offer to be the host.
Don't 'bed share' during sleep, you can bring your baby into your bed for nursing or comforting but return your baby to the crib or bassinet when you're ready to go back to sleep.
Split duties. If possible, work out a schedule with your partner that allows each of you alternately to rest and care for the baby.
Give watchful waiting a try. Sometimes, you might need to let your baby cry himself or herself to sleep. Unless you suspect that your baby is hungry or uncomfortable, it's OK to encourage self-soothing.
If the crying doesn't stop, check on your baby, offer comforting words and leave the room. Your reassuring presence might be all your baby needs to fall asleep.
Also, avoid stimulating light, such as from screens, and noise around bedtime.

Prebiotics during stress for children are recommended by Integrative Medical Practitioners.

Recent study has shown prebiotic fibers can help to protect beneficial gut bacteria and restore healthy sleep patterns after a stressful event. Probiotics are well known to benefit digestive health, but prebiotics are less well understood. Prebiotics are certain types of non-digestible fibers that probiotic bacteria feed on, such as the fibers found in many plant sources like asparagus, oatmeal, and legumes. Certain bacteria also feed on non-fibers such as the protein lactoferrin, which also acts like a prebiotic and is found in breast milk.
According to a new study published in the online journal, regular intake of prebiotics may promote beneficial gut bacteria and recovery of normal sleep patterns after a stressful episode.

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