Natural Sleep Aids for Kids

Various factors may cause a child’s sleeplessness, so before reaching for conventional drugs and sleep medications, parents may want to first consider changing a child’s bedtime routine. For example, try turning off the television and computer a couple of hours before bedtime to avoid overstimulation. It also helps to keep the child’s bedroom as calm and stress-free as possible; aromatherapy-scented pillows, soaps and lotions that work best include lavender, sage and chamomile.

Homeopathic remedies are another option; practitioners advise that such
gentler medications are usually well tolerated by children. Choices include Kali
phosphoricum for overstimulation, Magnesium phosphoricum to calm a child and
to relieve colic, and Passiflora incarnata for a child who is too tired to go to sleep.
Another natural sleep aid is drinking an herbal tea made from chamomile, passion
flower and valerian an hour before bedtime. Before implementing any herbal remedy
for a good night’s sleep, parents should consult a certified herbalist to ensure
they are administering it correctly for the child’s age and weight.


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