Dr. Barbara Huggins

Pediatric Sleep Issues

January 17, 2008

Pediatric Sleep Issues -  January 17, 2008As parents, we do a pretty good job of keeping our children fed, and clothed and safe. But one of their basic needs that often gets overlooked is their need for sleep - and plenty of it. UT Health Science Center's Dr. Mom tells us why.

The 2004 Sleep in America poll reports that sleep deprivation is a problem among children in America. If children are having sleep problems, then parents are also not getting enough sleep. According to the poll more than 2/3 of children experience one or more sleep problems a few nights a week.

Most school-aged children need 10 hours of sleep a night while teenagers need at least 9 hours. Symptoms of not getting enough sleep can also mimic symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Symptoms of sleep deprivation in children are:

Parents may think children are getting enough sleep while in actuality they are not. Televisions, cell phones, computers, siblings, caffeine, and health problems can be the culprit of your child not getting enough sleep.

Ways to help your child get more sleep:

If sleep problems continue to exist, it may be time to consult a sleep specialist. Sleep studies can record the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep.

Sweet Dreams!

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