Navigation Links
Spotting Sleep Problems in Special-Needs Children
Date:3/5/2013

TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- About 30 percent of children have a sleep disorder, but the rate is even higher in children with special needs, an expert says.

This increased risk in children with special needs is likely related to physical and behavioral differences, as well as side effects from medication, said Dr. Jennifer Accardo, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Lab at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md.

Not all children with special needs who have sleep disturbances will be diagnosed with a sleep disorder, but early detection of common signs is the key to improving sleep. Parents know their child's sleep patterns best and can spot sleep issues if they know what to look for.

Signs of sleep problems in school-age children with special needs include: snoring; difficulty falling or staying asleep; sleepwalking, night terrors and other nighttime activities; sleeping too much; and needing parents to be in the room to fall asleep.

"While a good night's sleep is important for all children, it is especially critical for children with special needs," Accardo said in an institute news release. "Parents can make small changes at home to help their child get a better night's sleep and improve their performance in daytime activities, therapies and social interactions."

Accardo offered tips to improve sleep for children with special needs:

  • Make sleep a priority and develop a bedtime routine.
  • Keep schedules consistent every day on both weekdays and weekends.
  • Make the bedroom a restful place and have your child sleep in the same place every night.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Put your child to bed when he or she is sleepy, but not yet fully asleep.
  • Address anxiety, which is common in children with special needs.
  • Take note of signs of sleep problems.

"If parents are concerned about their child's sleep patterns and behaviors, they should consult with their pediatrician or a sleep expert," Accardo said. "Sleep evaluations can be extremely beneficial in identifying causes and ultimately improving sleep for the entire family."

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about children and sleep.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Kennedy Krieger Institute, news release, March 1, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study Reveals Gender Gap in Spotting Depression
2. Eyes May Be Key to Spotting Whos Straight, Gay
3. Certain Sleep Aids May Raise Hip Fracture Risk in Nursing Homes: Study
4. What predicts distress after episodes of sleep paralysis?
5. National Sleep Foundation poll finds exercise key to good sleep
6. Members of University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers Wake Up Industries and Communities to the Importance of Sleep for Sleep Awareness Week
7. Old Bridge Sleep Center Named in Best of 2013 List
8. Adult sleepwalking is serious condition that impacts health-related quality of life
9. H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Tied to Sleep Disorder in British Children
10. Lack of Sleep May Lead to Junk-Food Bingeing
11. Sleep Deprivation May Disrupt Your Genes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Spotting Sleep Problems in Special-Needs Children
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... On Memorial Day, Hope ... lost their lives in military battle for the country. The nonprofit Hope For ... provide more programs that empower independence for disabled military veterans, as well as police, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... The ... Project offering a new model of care for living and healing, celebrated its ... values: Meaningful Life in a Real Home provided by Empowered Staff. , “This is ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 ... ... transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, ... to date. The results, published online this week in the Journal of Thoracic ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... , ... There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer ... June 5, 2016, communities around the world will gather to recognize these cancer survivors ... Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... MadgeTech will be showcasing its line of ... New Hampshire at the MadgeTech headquarters. With products sold in more than 100 countries ... agencies, including NASA. , In 2012, NASA strategically set up 17 RHTemp101A ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... New York , May 26, 2016 ... Market Research "Medical Waste Management Market - U.S. Industry Analysis, ... medical waste management market in the U.S. was valued at ... at a CAGR of 3.4% from 2015 to 2023 to ... provides exhaustive analysis of current and emerging needle free drug ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... 26, 2016 A key trend ... the emergence of new treatments. Cardax, a development stage ... treatment. The therapy is expected to fulfil large unmet ... is conducting studies to develop new treatments for osteoarthritis. ... genes involved in osteoarthritis are being investigated, and early ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , May 26, 2016 ... Associated With Both Cost Savings and Overall ... plc (LSE: BTG), an international specialist healthcare company, ... at the 21st Annual Meeting of ISPOR (International ... treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using yttrium-90 glass ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: