Common sleep disorders among children

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Don’t worry. Some sleep disorders, such as nightmares, wetting the bed and sleepwalking, are actually pretty common among children.

NIGHTMARES

  • Nightmares are common in children. They are caused by normal emotional concerns such as loss of love, separation anxiety, toilet training, etc. As a parent, offer assurance and support and talk with your child about their worries and concerns.

BED-WETTING

  • About 15 percent of all 5-year-olds and 5percent of all 10-year-olds wet their beds.
  • There are many causes for bed-wetting including a small bladder, excessively deep sleep, increased urine output, delayed development or genetic factors. In order for a child to overcome this problem, offer praise, reinforcement and responsibility.

SLEEPWALKING

  • One in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 12 walk in their sleep at least once a week.
  • Sleepwalking may be caused by a still-developing central nervous system, a high fever or extreme fatigue. Do not startle a sleepwalking child. Instead, lead the child gently back to bed without disturbing him. Parents should try to make the environment safe, but should not pay excessive attention to it around the child. Most children will eventually outgrow sleepwalking.