Board Certified Pediatrician
Dr Nilong Vyas is a board certified pediatrician and mother of two beautiful boys. She was raised by educator parents in New Orleans and went on to earn a Master’s in Public Health degree from Tulane University as well as a Medical Doctorate from LSU Medical School. After completing her Pediatrics residency at LSU, she joined Lake Vista Pediatrics, a private practice in Lakeview where, on a daily basis, she experienced her patient’s desire for more sleep for themselves as well as more sleep for their children. The parents explained that with better-rested children, their kids were happier, ate better, and developed at a more rapid rate. However, when that was not the case, secondary to many different factors, they noticed quite a change in the demeanor of their children, thus themselves. Dr Vyas learned quickly about both children and their parent’s sleep needs thus established a strong value for sleep with her patients, in a nurturing fashion.
Mom of Two Happy Sleepers
Initially, Dr Vyas did not have happy, sleeping children of her own. She recognized that the benefits that came with good eating and sleep hygiene were crucial not only for her patients but for her own children. After a significant amount of research, trial-and-error (with her own kids and those of family members), and seven years and numerous, successful sleep consults later, she decided to begin focusing on sleep consulting exclusively, thus ‘Sleepless in NOLA’ was born. She is a firm believer in the value of sleep (for the well-being of both children and their parents) and the need for healthy sleep habits. Her mantra ‘from good sleep comes good eaters, readers and behaviors’ is the foundation that her practice is based on. She passionately believes that well-rested children develop better socially, emotionally, as well as intellectually with fewer behavior problems. And, if the child is sleeping well, their caretaker will sleep better as well, resulting in a more harmonious household.
Dr Vyas is following her passion for teaching families how to achieve optimal and sound sleep, in a loving and safe manner. Just as parents need to learn how their baby responds to eating, stimulation, and relating to others – parents also need to learn how their baby should be sleeping. The child is born knowing how to do this, however, parents can lose sight of and occasionally need to be taught how to listen to their child’s cues as well as juggle understanding how to follow those cues and use them to achieve the sleep needs of that particular child. For once they master the skill of responding to their child’s needs, this leads to the ability to master many other aspects of the child’s overall growth, development, and well-being.
Dr Vyas’ Feeding and Sleeping Philosophy
As a pediatrician, Dr Vyas is a strong proponent of breastfeeding and teaching parents how to follow the feeding and sleeping cues of their baby based on the child’s developmental age. This is her primary focus and the crux of her sleep guidance. She prefers the term ‘parent training’ as opposed to ‘sleep training’ when teaching good sleep hygiene. This program is not a form of night weaning – rather than simply pushing the child into a feeding or sleeping schedule, Dr Vyas focuses on teaching parents what to look for in terms of what the baby, toddler or child is capable of doing per their developmental and physiological age, based on the needs of the child, resulting in parents becoming more in-tune with their child and thus allowing good sleeping and eating habits to develop holistically. With this in mind, she will not provide a one-off recommendation that a child sleep through the night if s(he) is not at the stage to do so. It is this specific guidance that Dr Vyas offers, tailored especially for your family with your parenting ideals and practices in mind. If parents are co-sleeping and breastfeeding or bottle feeding through the night and the baby is happy and growing and the parents are happy, this service is not for you. If you are having trouble figuring out your child’s hunger and sleep cues (during the day and night) and need assistance using a gradual approach at eliminating associations that take into account (in a holistic fashion) the child’s needs and wants, and makes sure those needs are met as well as the health and well-being of his/her caregivers, then this program is for you. Dr Vyas takes into consideration not only the whole child but the entire family including siblings and other caregivers when developing the sleep plan.
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