Behavioral therapies can be an effective way to treat children's sleep problems, says a study by the American Academy of Sleep. Doctors also recommend certain methods to make the sleep of little ones more restful.
Parents should impose a sleep routine and spend 10 to 30 minutes with their children before sending them to bed. Also, children should no longer have access to television, computer or video games in the evening.
Young children should not be allowed to fall asleep when they are held in their arms, when they are breastfeeding, or while they are caring. At bedtime, medications such as nasal decongestants and those against cough containing stimulants should be avoided.
Experts recommend that those children between three and 11 months sleep between 14 and 15 hours a night, preschoolers - between 11 and 13, while schoolchildren - between 10 and 11 hours.
Source: The Truth
October 13, 2006