At dinner time, there are those who are extremely upset and those who would happily go to bed without eating! The cause is the same: a great blow of fatigue. Some ways to fix it.
To prevent his nose from getting caught on his plate, make sure he has a regular rest
- Your child may be tired because he is not sleeping enough (at this age, he needs an average of 14 hours a day) or because his sleep is not good.
- Lay it out at fixed times. Big or small sleeper, he needs regular habits to enjoy the time of sleep and rest. During the day and in the evening, look for moments of low tone and plan meals according to these states of fatigue. Anticipate lunch and dinner for nap and bedtime at the right time.
- Create a ritual. In the evening, put him to bed quickly after dinner, with a preference for quiet time after the end of the meal. Under the duvet, read him a story. If he gets excited in his bed, even tired, he will fight against sleep and wake up in the night. Establishing a ritual is the best way to introduce good sleep habits. Then keep the house quiet for him to sleep well.
- Make sure he takes a nap and enjoy peaceful moments during the day, regardless of how you are babysitting. In the evening, do not offer him multiple activities if he does not claim them: he needs rest.
- Do not let him watch TV too much : it makes your toddler very passive and plunges him into a hypnotic state. Avoid her also in the morning, at a time when she is dynamic and fit to play and chat with you.
Does he have a nose on his plate? Offer him a balanced diet
- The breakfast should be rich and rich in slow sugars : the bread or the cereals make it possible to hold all the morning without blow of pump. Add to that a dairy product and fresh fruit for your child to be fit for the nursery or school.
- Meals should consist of green vegetables and fruits rich in vitamins and fiber, starchy foods (rice, pasta, potatoes), protein (eggs, meat, fish), dairy products rich in calcium.
- At this age, a child often lacks iron, resulting in pallor, physical and intellectual fatigue. Offset by giving animal protein (red and white meat, eggs, fish, liver), and think of growth milk enriched with iron and fatty acids. Your pediatrician can order a blood test. In case of anemia, he will prescribe iron supplementation for a few months.
Does he have a nose on his plate? Watch his health
- Following otitis, nasopharyngitis, infectious mononucleosis or gastroenteritiswhat he needs is rest and calm. Once healed, he will still feel tired for a few days.
- In some children, tonsils and vegetations get bigger and hinder their breathing. The brain is poorly oxygenated, especially at night, and it is exhausting. If you notice that it makes a noise while sleeping, report it to the pediatrician. An operation of the vegetations may be necessary.
Noémie Colomb with Dr. Geneviève Guihard, pediatrician.
If fatigue persists
If your child is lacking in spirit, if he isolates himself, speaks less, does not play, Even sleeping often and for a long time is perhaps the manifestation of psycho-emotional ill-being, a symptom by which he expresses a slight depression. After a complete clinical examination, the pediatrician or doctor will assess the condition of your child, discuss with him or her to try to identify the problems he or she encounters. He will eventually give you advice or send your toddler to a child psychiatrist.