Sleep Problems in Babies and Children

Sleep Problems in Babies and Children

Dallen Ormond, N.P. from Families First Pediatrics talks about sleep problems in babies and children.
Dallen Ormond, N.P. from Families First Pediatrics talks about sleep problems in babies and children.

He says sleep is developmental, meaning babies need to learn how to sleep.  If they have tummy issues or are fussy, their sleep development can be affected.  So, they need time to learn.

Ormond says all babies go through sleep adjustments at about six months of age.  This is the time when they have separation anxiety when a parent leaves the room, so it's natural if they wake up alone in a room, they will cry.  They're also going through different stages of REM sleep.

Babies generally need about twelve hours of sleep in 24 hours period, that is between night sleeping and naps.

For toddlers, if they have been good sleepers, but are developing sleep problems, Ormond recommends to give them one or two times of checking on them.  After that, he says explain to them that they are ok, and that sleepy time is natural and then let them be.

If older kids are having trouble sleeping, Ormond recommends parents talk to their pediatrician to see if there are other issues.

Families First Pediatrics have two locations: 1268 West South Jordan Parkway, Suite 201 in South Jordan (801) 254-9700, and in Herriman at 13242 South 5600 West (801) 987-8541.

For more information please visit: http://www.ffpeds.com.
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