Sleeping Disorders in Babies
Babies, newborns, toddlers and children too suffer from sleeping trouble and sleep disorders. The following are the commonly occurring disorders and how they can be managed.
Sleeping Disorders in Children Causes
- Night Terrors
Night terrors occur 90 minutes after the baby goes to sleep. He may wake up in the middle of the night and cry miserably before falling asleep again. They generally occur due to exhaustion and stress. Thus, you must monitor the child’s environment, his routine and keep him away from stressful situations.
- Somnambulism and somniloqui
Somnambulism is sleep walking. The child gets up and walks around. Parents should never shake / slap the child. Somniloqui is sleep talking. The child sits up and talks. Parents must keep a diary of the time the child awakens, what he talks and the length of the episode. Wake the child 15 minutes before the episode, and keep him awake for 5 to 10 minutes.
Causes for bed wetting include family history, developmental problems, stress, extreme fatigue, etc.
- Obstructive sleep apnea
Breathing through mouth, difficult breathing and snoring are symptoms of sleep apnea. Adenoids or enlarged tonsils are the chief causes. The airway gets blocked and the symptoms manifest. Use a constant positive air-way pressure machine. The mask keeps the passage open and provides normal rhythmic breathing.
Sleeping Disorders Treatment and Remedies
To manage sleep disorders, it is essential to determine the cause. Always seek professional help. Also, the guidelines mentioned above, for ach disorder greatly help manage the condition.