Babies, Children and Students

More general information can be found at Age Related.

To find excellent information on Sleep and Settling Strategies for babies to toddlers sleeping in a bed visit:

There are downloadable PDFs for the following categories:

  • Birth to 4 months
  • 4-7 months
  • From 9 months and sleeping in a cot
  • 6-11 months
  • Toddler Sleeping in a bed.

Phone the Karitane Careline on freecall1800 677 961 or (02) 9794 1852.

Sue Dengate’s famous presentation about the effects of food on children’s health, learning and behavior.? See the Food Additives section for more information.? This IS relevant to babies, including breast fed babies, who can have nasty additives passed down to them through their mother’s milk.? If you have an upset baby, continually challenging, then buy the DVD Fed Up With Children’s Behavior now, to find some unbelievably good information that might help, or totally solve the problem!

Many children find the heartbeat sound on the Acoustic Relaxation Machine very soothing.


NEW PRODUCT!  Fed Up with Children’s Behavior DVD

Sue Dengate’s famous presentation about the effects of food on children’s health, learning and behavior.  See the
Food Additives section for more information.

Hyperactivity, restlessness, anxiety etc are all problems experienced by some children, some more often than others.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

For a specific factsheet about “Diet and ADHD” from the Fed Up website, click here.

For more information on Hyperactivity and ADHD see the Hyperactivity and ADHD solution pathway.

Omega 3

Taking a combination of fish oil and evening primrose oil capsules has been reported to help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Fish oil is also believed to improve hand-eye co-ordination, language skills and behavior, children’s verbal learning, memory, even spelling ability.? Source:? Health Report, The Sun-Herald, August 6, 2006.

Click for more information on Omega 3 and depression.

To find out more about new studies showing Omega 3 helping with hyperactivity and ADHD click here.


“In The Price of Privilege, a new book just published in the US, psychologist Madeline Levine claims children from affluent middle-class homes are three times more likely than other children to suffer from depression and anxiety in later life.”  Source:  Sydney Morning Herald, front page September 23-24, 2007.

This comment was in an article addressing parents doing the homework of their student children.  It stated that in the short-term parents might think that the results are worth it, but in the longer term the children deal with the darker side of being educationally over-controlled, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt, dealing with the thoughts that one day ‘they’ll be found out”.

It used to be exam pressure we had to deal with.  Perhaps in an effort to reduce exam pressure we now have assessment tasks spread throughout the school year that carry important marks towards final assessments.  When parents are participating at that level it seems insane.  And are some children going to do well in subjects that their parents are adequate in, at the cost of their own destinies?  Probably.

More general information can be found at Age Related.

Sleep Phase Delay

Research indicates that most adolescents experience a sleep phase delay.  They have been reported to obtain insufficient sleep, and lower quality sleep.  Part of the reason for this is that they are waking up too early to go to school, before their natural sleep cycle is over.


A recent survey of Australian students aged between 15 and 18 found two out of three were not getting enough sleep because school starts so early.  Just under 20 per cent were getting two hours a night less sleep than they needed.  And the children who were tending to be night owls rather than early morning performers (apparently about a third of all students) were irritable as a result and had problems concentrating.


The Manatee County School Board in Florida voted 4-1 to start schools later. Consequently, since fall 2005 more than 40,000 students will be getting more sleep.
High school students who started school at 7.45 a.m. will now start at 8.00 a.m.  Elementary and middle schools also started 15 minutes later (at 8.45 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. respectively.

In fact, the American National Sleep Foundation was presenting a symposium on the science and practice of sleep and how to advocate for later school start times.
Source:  American National Sleep Foundation website, June 2, 2005.

A study by British researchers on the subject was published in the British Medical Journal.

Adolescents and Risk-taking Behavior

Adolescents who reported longer weekend delay and higher levels of sleep problems also reported significantly higher levels of risk-taking behaviors. Students’ weekend delay was also related to their academic performance.
Source:  Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Erin M. O’Brien and Jodi A Mindell.

The Weekend Sleep-in

Sleepless No More are advocates of weekend sleep-ins for children (especially adolescents) whenever possible!

Lack of Sleep for young adults increases their possibility of mental health issues.

September 2010 – Here is a recent study that has shown that less than 5 hours sleep a night can have some serious effects on mental health.

Physical and Mental Exhaustion