Q and A on Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can be relatively common in children, in fact around 50% of children have experienced sleep issues. Some sleep disorders are more common than others, and it is important to have your child treated so that they can get a good nights rest. Here are some common questions that parents have about sleep disorders.

Q: How much sleep should my child be getting?

A: This is entirely dependent on the age of your child. This is an average breakdown of each age category and the amount of sleep they should be getting each night.

  • Infants: 12-13 hours
  • 6 Months: 11-12 hours
  • School Age: 10 hours
  • Adolescence: 9-10 hours

Adequate sleep is crucial to proper brain development as well as physical and mental health.

Q: Is sleepwalking normal in children?

A: Yes, sleepwalking is actually very common in children, and isn’t something to be too concerned about as long as they aren’t hurting themselves. Generally, leading them back to bed is about all you need to do for this, as children will outgrow sleepwalking.

Q: Should my child be snoring at night?

A: No, this is a sign that they may be suffering from sleep apnea and you should take them to a doctor to have this investigated, diagnosed, and treated. Sleep studies can be done to help diagnose and pinpoint the issues that are causing the snoring, but children do need to have their breathing entirely unobstructed while they sleep.

Q: Is it normal for my child to scream and cry in their sleep?

A: This condition is referred to as sleep terrors, and is usually outgrown by 9 years old. However, it is unsettling and disruptive to the family, and if it worsens or does not go away, you should see a doctor. Soothing the child awake can help bring them out of their night terror.

At Obtain Health, we strive to bring the most up to date and successful treatment for all of your health needs. Dr. O is a certified pediatrician, bringing a balance of clinical treatments and alternative therapies to her practice. If you believe your child is suffering from a sleep disorder, make an appointment and help them get on the road to a good night’s sleep!

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