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Sleep Disorders In Children

by Irene Mmari

It may come as a big shock to hear that kids have many sleep issues that can affect how well a child sleeps, and how much they benefit from the sleep they do get. It is said that an average of 30 percent of youngsters have challenging sleep troubles in their tender years.

These types of sleep problems can include sleep walk, night terrors and they can even experience sleep apnea and insomnia. Children in their school-aged years need somewhere between nine and twelve hours of rest each night but surprisingly, a lot of kids don’t get close to that.

There are other sleep problems such as grinding of the teeth, bed wetting, even head banging and rolling are considered to be sleep disorders if they occur during sleep. The most usual of these sleep troubles come in the form of nightmares sleep walking and sleep talking but they are generally considered harmless.

Parents should be extra careful about sleepwalking to make sure that they keep tabs on their child’s problem so it won’t end up in injury for the child. This takes some work to ensure the home is free of pitfalls. In most cases, the child will outgrow any harmful sleep troubles by the time they reach their teenage years.

It is vital to seek help from a doctor in the case of head banging, bedwetting, night terrors, teeth grinding, and more severe problems such as sleep apnea. These conditions could indicate other medical conditions if they still show symptoms beyond the recommended age. It is fortunate that many of these circumstances have a high end limit on age when most children will leave them behind.

You may also want to look for symptoms of children sleep disorders if your child is having difficulty staying awake in class. They may also fall asleep when they are travelling in a car or talking to someone or while reading or in class. These could potentially be signals that your child is having difficulty sleeping during the night. In the case of sleep apnea keep an eye out for constant mouth breathing plus any reported circumstances paying attention while in school.

There is one good thing with regards to these types of sleep disorders, that they just so happen to be the simplest to cure and mostly can be due to a simpler malady. Until your child begins exhibiting signs which may put them at risk you can rest easy knowing that kids will tend to grow out of their sleep disorders. If you are still concerned about your child then speaking with your primary care physician will afford you the opportunity to explore several actions to take in your house to get your child the sleep they need.

In some cases there are likely many other mental and physical circumstances which may come into play when a child is experiencing one of these disorders. Your primary care provider may request a consultation with a psychologist on behalf of your child to check for any problems such as ADHD.

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