A Clinical Guide to Sleep Disorders in Children and by Gregory Stores

By Gregory Stores

Sleep disturbances are typical difficulties that reason nice misery to victims and their households. they're implicated in various difficulties, from terrible academic functionality or disturbed habit to injuries or different actual difficulties. but, there isn't any up to date, complete, one-stop resource of data for clinicians bearing on sleep problems in teenagers. ordinarily, examine into sleep issues has in most cases happened inside separate, unconnected clinical disciplines, typically related to adults. As sleep disturbances are linked to critical illnesses, opting for and treating the matter early is key for stable long term wellbeing and fitness and health. Gregory shops addresses this want with a cross-disciplinary assessment of accessible medical details and coverings, illustrated by way of genuine instances. This ebook might be crucial studying for all execs serious about baby healthcare from infancy to early life, and also will be useful to basic readers trying to find updated info and references.

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G. restlessness, sleeptalking, sleepwalking, banging head or rocking, teeth grinding, nightmares or terriWed episodes, jerking or convulsive movements or other episodes of disturbed behaviour? How often do these things occur, what time of night, how long do they last and does he seem awake at the time? What do the parents do? Does the child snore or have any diYculty breathing when asleep? Does he wet the bed? Waking What time does the child wake up? For how long has he slept? Does he wake up spontaneously or have to be woken?

1997). In the absence of detailed information on the likelihood of these eVects in young patients, at least an awareness of such possibilities is appropriate. It is clear that a knowledge of sleep disturbance and its eVects is essential for anyone working in paediatrics and also in child and adolescent psychiatry (including liaison work with paediatrics). This becomes even more obvious when the following eVects of persistent sleep disturbance on psychological and physical development are considered.

Encouraging children to sleep alone is a relatively new practice in Western society. In the USA, major diVerences in this respect have been described between diVerent ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Within any one cultural or subcultural group, preferences and practices are likely to vary according to each family’s circumstances (including its structure, cohesion and organization) as well as parents’ commitments, personality and health. All these factors can inXuence parents’ perception of their child’s sleep habits and behaviours, and their ability and willingness to change the way they handle their child.

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