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Sleep disorders in infants and children
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2012 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
How to Cite
Hiscock, H. and Davey, M. J. (2012), Sleep disorders in infants and children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12033
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 FEB 2012
- behavioural management;
- night waking;
Sleep disorders in infants and children are common and often behavioural in origin. Problems include difficulties going to sleep and/or maintaining sleep. History taking should focus on the bedtime routine, consistency of caregiver approach to settling, sleep cues and exclusion of medical problems including atopy and obstructive sleep apnoea. Management includes ascertaining parent goals, ensuring these are realistic and then offering parents a choice of evidence-based strategies, tailored to family need and capacity. Sleep diaries and parent education materials from evidence-based web sites complement the consultation.