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Sleep Disorders In Children


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an overview of different sleep disorders that children might have

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Sleep Disorders In Children

  1. 1. NIGHT TERRORS More severe than simple bad dreams, night terrors occur when children wake up suddenly, often screaming and in a state of heightened anxiety. • Night terrors typically manifest around 90 minutes after the child falls asleep. • Teach your children stress-relieving techniques and create a calm atmosphere around bedtime. SLEEPWALKING Children who sleepwalk get out of bed and walk around without waking up, which could be extremely dangerous if the child falls down stairs. • Parents must remember that waking sleepwalking children by shaking them or shouting at them can be very harmful. • Track the time of night your children typically sleepwalk and try waking them 15 minutes before, keeping them busy for about five minutes. This may put a stop to sleepwalking after a few nights. TEETH GRINDING Grinding teeth while sleeping can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to a host of oral health issues. This issue is often caused by discomfort while teething. • Gently alleviate the discomfort by massaging your child’s gums before bedtime, or use a pain-relieving gel as prescribed by a doctor. • For older children, a special mouth guard made by a dentist can help prevent grinding damage. BEDWETTING Wetting the bed during sleep is a common sleep disorder in children, and it usually stops as the child matures. • Reduce the frequency of bedwetting incidents by limiting your children’s fluid intake a few hours before bedtime and making sure they use the bathroom before going to bed. • Although bedwetting typically is caused by normal developmental changes, it also may be triggered by emotional issues from trauma or changes to the child’s routine. INSOMNIA Children who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for eight or nine hours can experience other problems such as a lack of concentration, hyperactivity or irritability. • The problem often is resolved by sticking to a firm bedtime routine. Make sure kids go to bed at the same time every night. • Limit your children’s TV viewing or video games an hour before bed. A warm bath and a bedtime story also can be key elements of an effective bedtime routine. Sleep disorders can disrupt the good night’s sleep that children need. Here is some information about some common sleep disorders in children and how parents can help kids get the proper amount of sleep. SLEEP DISORDERS IN CHILDREN