Sleeping problems in young children

Sleep hygiene is important for everyone, from childhood through adulthood. A good sleep hygiene routine promotes healthy sleep and daytime alertness. Good sleep hygiene practices can prevent the development of sleep problems and disorders.

All children are likely to have brief periods of poor sleep after illness, during holidays and festivals like Christmas or during periods of particular stress such as exams or if somebody close to them is ill. After events such as these, a normal sleep pattern should be established again within a few days.

Most parents have had a child who has slept poorly at one time or another. Not only does the child suffer, at school and in their behaviour, but also the whole family misses out on much needed rest.

Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah who is a leadingĀ Consultant Paediatrician says “I use specialised behavioural techniques, with occasional careful use of medication, to help your child begin and maintain a healthy, natural sleep pattern. Your child will improve physically, emotionally and educationally, and the whole family will benefit.

Sleep difficulties can sometimes be the cause of extremely disruptive behavioural problems. I can treat these, and also consider other possible underlying conditions such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.”


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