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Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

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scratch me not baby sleepIf you’re the parent of a child with allergies, chances are you’re familiar with losing sleep over itching, scratching, and general discomfort. It’s common for parents and kids to lose out on valuable sleep because allergies get in the way. Falling asleep can be almost impossible when your child can’t stop itching or experiencing discomfort. The good news is that there are some simple tips you can use to help increase your chances of a good night’s sleep without a lot of fuss.


Your doctor may suggest a mild medication that will help calm the allergies before bedtime. This is not a good option for all children since the goal is to use as little medication as possible – but sleep is absolutely integral to healing and growing so for some kids it may be necessary.


If your child is using medication, consider adjusting the timing with your doctor’s mentorship. Taking allergy medicine even just a couple of hours later can make sure that they are in full effect when it’s time to hit the hay. If your child’s medication is working fully at baby sleepingbedtime, they are more likely to be symptom-free which will help them doze off easier.


Should your child have skin allergies, a night time bath using oatmeal or other soothing elements may be a great option for you. A bath can calm allergies, soothe the skin, increase circulation, and help make your child slow down long enough to realize he is sleepy. An evening bath can be combined with a story to help get your child in the right mindset for sleep. If dealing with eczema, you may want to try a home remedy such as apple cider vinegar baths (1/2 cup diluted in a bathtub of water) or bleach baths* (cap full diluted in a bathtub of water) to reduce the itchies. *Be sure to consult with a physician if you’d like to try bleach baths, they have been clinically proven to help dramatically reduce eczema symptoms.


It’s summer time, believe it or not, pool time not only increased my daughter’s daily exercise, it also helped improve her eczema! Both provided a better night’s rest. For some children, chlorinated pools do wonders for the skin, for others, not so much. Be sure to monitor your child’s condition to determine what is best for you. Add moisture back to your child’s skin by applying the necessary creams after water activities are over. If water activities aren’t right for you, maybe mommy & me yoga, soccer, or nature walks may be the right fit for your family.


Allergies and itchy skin alike can be triggered by the temperature. Determine if a cooler bedroom temperature will prevent excessive sweating, or if an extra pair of socks or a warmer temperature may help your little sleep better. A humidifier/vaporizer may also help the breathing air quality. All in hopes of a better nights rest.

As you can see, there are options available to help your child and your family get the sleep you need every night. Sleep is an integral part of the healing and growing process, so if you find that you or your child aren’t getting enough – take action now and put it as a top priority to ensure everyone can get a good nights rest.

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Author: Kim West, MSW, Mom of 2, creator of The Sleep Lady Shuffle

My name is Kim West, and I’m the mother of two beautiful girls, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practicing child and family therapist for more than 21 years, and the creator of the original gentle, proven method to get a good night’s sleep for you and your child. My sleep journey began when I started experimenting with gently shaping my daughter’s sleep by not following the conventional wisdom at the time. After having success (and then more success with my second daughter!), I began helping family and friends and my step-by-step method spread like wildfire, exactly like an excellent night of sleep for a tired parent should!