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Health Tip: Promote Peace in a Shared Bedroom

How to help kids work it out

(HealthDay News) -- Kids who share a bedroom may bicker and fight, but parents can help promote a more peaceful co-existence.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests:

  • Structure each child's bedtime routine so it's not disruptive for the other.
  • If an older child will share a room with a baby, wait until the infant is a few months old to bring them together. This is likely to be less disruptive for the older child.
  • Explain to the older child that a younger child may wake during the night.
  • Play white noise in the bedroom to dull distracting sounds.
  • Allow for separation when needed, such as when one child is sick.

-- Diana Kohnle

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