-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, Sept. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Most sleep problems and
bedtime challenges facing children are preventable, according to a
pediatrician and safe-sleep expert.
Many parents deal with a sleep-related issue affecting their
child at some point -- and troubles for one child can affect an
entire family, said Dr. Rachel Moon, who edited a book on sleep
problems from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in
"Almost every day in my clinical practice, at least one of my parents brings up a question about sleep," Moon wrote in the book. "Many are unhappy or frustrated because their child isn't sleeping how, when or where the parents want. What I usually find is that the sleep problem is often one that could have been avoided."
Written with a team of pediatricians, the book addresses many
common sleeping problems children encounter at various stages of
development, such as nightmares, bedwetting and sleeping through
the night, according to an academy news release.
Other topics in the book include the importance of parents
understanding sleep cycles, how children's sleep needs change as
they grow and strategies to deal with common issues such as crying,
bedtime resistance and teenage sleep binges.
The U.S. National Sleep Foundation provides more information on
children and sleep.
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