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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 114
 

Children rob modern mother's sleep...


Editor-in-Chief, JISPPD, Nair Hospital Dental College, Dr. A. L. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai - 400 008, India

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S G Damle
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.36558

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In today's world, people are so busy that they do not have time for themselves. Add to this the added responsibility of being a parent and most of them will be stressed to the point of annoyance. The time has come when parents will find very little time for their children and they will be delegated to the uncaring arms of baby sitters and nannies. Paradoxically, it is very important to spend time with children. Spending time with children is the foremost step in emotional bonding, as these early years go a long way in their psychological, social and physical development. Ignoring the child in early life can affect the child mentally and may create a superfluous communication gap.

Mothers are said to be close to the child. She provides tender loving care to the developing child not only during pregnancy but also after the child is born, there are many things that the new mother has to learn. She has to learn how to carry the baby, feed and bathe the child and many more small errands that make growing enjoyable. The mother has always been thrusted upon the night time baby duty. Children have an uncanny habit to wake up at night. The mother has to get up at least four to five times to feed or soothe the child back to sleep. Today's parents spend an average three and half hours of sleep. Parents who have been deprived of sleep, night after night may get frustrated, angry and end up arguing on petty matters with their spouse. A lot of advice has been given by the older generation parents. Nevertheless, today's parents choose to rely on baby gadgets, which are often impossible to switch off. The high level of anxiety towards raising the child leads parents to indulge towards hi-tech devices such as two way alarms, breathing sensors, video monitors, musical cots, lullaby lights, rocking cradles etc.

Some children may develop the habit of sucking pacifiers. Suckling is an innate reflex that a child develops which is essential for the child's nutrition; the child may at times develop a habit of non-nutritive sucking using his thumb, fingers or a pacifier. During a child's first few years, sucking habits are unlikely to cause significant damage to a child's mouth. Persistent and long-term sucking, especially after the permanent teeth begin to erupt can lead to recurrent ear infections and disastrous dental and oro­facial malformations. Invariably baby gadgets and pacifiers are not of much help and parents are still struggling to comfort their children. It can thus be said that Children Rob Modern Mother's Sleep...!.


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