Sleep Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • SIDS, The Family Bed, & The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

    SIDS, The Family Bed, & The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission

    The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and the JPMA have launched a new national safety campaign urging parents not to ever bring babies to sleep with them, but to always put them to sleep in cribs that meet current safety standards. (Note: the JPMA is the Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association – the association for crib […]

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  • Snoring!

    Snoring!

    Parents are quick to mention some things to their pediatrician: fevers, seizures, bleeding. Snoring is another important symptom that your child’s doctor needs to know about, though it often goes unreported. Snoring can be the sign of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), where there is prolonged partial blocking, or intermittent blocking, of breathing during sleep.

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  • Dry Nights

    Dry Nights

    Several of the nation’s leading bedwetting experts gathered earlier this year to candidly discuss the issues surrounding the millions of school-age children who wet the bed. I participated in what proved to be a very stimulating conversation. I learned things (about red dyes, for instance) that I had not seen in the literature or in […]

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  • Sleep Well. Do Well.

    Sleep Well. Do Well.

    Garfield the Cat knows about sleep! Kids don’t. Garfield is the official spokescat of the Star Sleeper Campaign launched in 2001 by the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Better Sleep Council, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals).

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  • When Teens Can’t Sleep

    When Teens Can’t Sleep

    Anxiety (which is often brought on by a stressful event) is probably the most common cause of difficulty falling asleep. This is called “stress-related insomnia.” It is a self-limited problem that usually resolves over several weeks (sometimes several months). It does not tend to turn into chronic insomnia.

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  • Confusional Arousal

    Confusional Arousal

    A confusional arousal begins with the child moaning and moving about. It progresses quickly to the child crying out and thrashing wildly. The eyes may be open or closed, and perspiration is common. The child will look confused, upset, or even “possessed” (a description volunteered by many parents). Even if the child does call out […]

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  • Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

    Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

    My youngest son was having a confusional arousal, and his mother observed that these events are most common at the same ages that children are becoming aware of the bladder feeling full during sleep. Perhaps these kids just need to go to the bathroom.

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  • Imagination and Fear

    Imagination and Fear

    At around age three, most children enter into a magical time where make-believe is the order of the day. Imagination and creativity spring to life. Playtime becomes a setting where wonderful dreams and desires are acted out as kids learn how to pretend. A few props can turn an ordinary rainy afternoon into a trip […]

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  • When Children Can't Sleep

    When Children Can’t Sleep

    My son is almost three and he’s always been a poor sleeper. He goes to sleep (for naps and at night) just fine, but he often wakes in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep. It…

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  • Using Sleeping Aid Medications for Children

    Using Sleeping Aid Medications for Children

    Is it okay to give sleeping medications to young children if they can’t fall asleep?

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