Our Maternity Team work with a number of professional Sleep Consultants, who are experienced, knowledgeable and skilled at understanding why a child cannot fall asleep or stay asleep.
A fretful baby or toddler/young child is very distressing for parents and carers. Guidance towards understanding a child’s sleep cycle and how to maintain a good bedtime routine can be vital for a household that is struggling with this issue.
Sleep problems in young children are common and often just taking the first step and talking to a professional sleep consultant is helpful.
A sleep consultant will introduce you to the importance of the processes and routines that are essential to your child’s wellbeing and development.
They will work with you, giving advice and guidance that will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to introduce a workable sleep routine for your child, which will result in helping your child to sleep through the night – the ultimate goal and overall objective.
Your sleep consultant will discuss with you and also observe whether the child shows any particular signs of underlying causes of distress and difficulty with sleeping such as erratic sleep patterns or attention seeking behaviour. Additionally they will look at underlying health issues such as colic or gastric reflux.
Similarly, they will need to build a picture of a number of key areas about the family, so will discuss with you your history, any existing health concerns and will ask questions about your family lifestyle, diet and nutrition. This will help them put together a plan that fits in with family life.
As a guide, a sleep consultant will offer you a three to four hour sleep consultation, which is usually followed with two, three or four nights of sleep training. This is usually found to be a sufficient amount of time to establish a good sleep routine.
The cost is individually determined by each sleep consultant. They will prepare a quotation for you based on an initial telephone discussion and a good understanding of your requirements.
The cost of a consultation starts at around £30 per hour gross.
If you are having difficulty establishing good sleep routines for your child and would like to speak to one of our Maternity Team, then please call on 020 7471 6000 we would be very happy to help.