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Several types of sleep problems can keep a child awake at night:
Sleep problems are always the result of other health problems, such as asthma.
A health problem is just one of many possible reasons why a child might not be sleeping well.
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Children who don't get enough good quality sleep may have trouble learning and developing socially. They may be tired during the day and not able to pay attention in school.
And a child's sleep problems can affect parents' sleep. Parents may be in the child's room during the night trying to get the child back to sleep—or the child may try to get in bed with the parents to get back to sleep. Lack of sleep can make parents tired during the day, affecting work and family life.
When a child has sleep problems, parents may feel the effects in their own lives.
If your child's sleep problems are keeping you up and causing you stress, you may be too tired during the day to do your best at work and at home.
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Parents shouldn't worry about making things worse by being frustrated and stressed out, because babies who are crying a lot don't notice things like that.
It's important to stay calm. Young children are very sensitive to a parent's feelings of
It's a good idea to try to wake up your child during night terrors.
Do not try to wake your child during a night terror. Instead, reassure and hold your child to prevent injury.
Even teenagers need bedtime routines.
Have your teenager go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.
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Now that you have read this information, you are ready to take steps to help your family sleep better.
If you have questions about this information, print it out and take it with you when you visit your doctor.
This website is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It
has a wide range of information about children's health, from allergies and
diseases to normal growth and development (birth to adolescence). This website
offers separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each providing
age-appropriate information that the child or parent can understand. You can
sign up to get weekly emails about your area of interest.
The National Sleep Foundation, an independent nonprofit
organization, can provide you with brochures on sleep disorders and a list of
accredited sleep disorder clinics.
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April 2, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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