Infant’s Sleep Problems

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Here comes a bad news for the fatigued parents who crave for more eye shut should not take for granted their baby’s sleep as normal, which will pass soon.  A study of US which got published in the journal Pediatrics says that the babies with sleep problems are likely to have this difficulty when they turn toddlers as compared to babies who have sound sleep. A team of researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre which is located in Ohio found that “one in every 10 children face sleep problems like nightmares, difficulty in falling asleep, waking and, problem in sleeping in child’s own bed”.

Often parents take these problems lightly and say that this will get better, says Kelly Byars, leading author and pediatric psychologist. She conducted an experiment with a team which proved that frequently these problems do not get better. Researchers proved that sleep problems start early and remain enduring for years. The data collected by the team of researchers proves that the children do not outgrow their sleep problems. Researchers then surveyed around 250 mothers regarding their children’s sleep behavior. The mothers were asked to describe the sleep problem of their children when they were six, 12, 24, and 36 months of age. The survey concluded that if the children did not start with any sleep problem, there were good chances that they would not develop later.

According to, “A newborn may sleep as much as 16 hours a day (or even more), often in stretches of 3 to 4 hours at a time. And like the sleep all of us experience, babies have different phases of sleep: drowsiness, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, and very deep sleep. As babies grow, their periods of wakefulness increase. At first, these short stretches of 3 to 4 hours of sleep may be frustrating for you as they interfere with your sleep pattern.

Around 21 out of every 100 children who faced sleep problem had likeliness of developing it later in life. The most common problems that children below the age of two years face is trouble in staying and falling asleep. Nature of sleep problems shifts when children grow older. Sleep is considered important for complete family. Parents are required to have regular bed times, consistent bed time routines and consistent wake times. Meltzer admits that all these things are an important for healthy living.



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