BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT OF BEDTIME PROBLEMS IN YOUNG CHILDREN
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Healthy sleep is essential for a child’s growth and development. Bedtime resistance and sleepwalking are common problems in young children. They occur in about 20 to 30 percent of infants, toddlers and preschool children. Behavioral strategies can treat these problems in young children who are under 5 years of age.
Is My Child at Risk ?
Bedtime resistance occurs when children stall or refuse to go to bed. These behaviors test the limits established by parents. When parents enforce consistent bedtime limits, children tend to fall asleep quickly. Bedtime resistance in children can include:
As children become toddlers, night wakings remain a common and normal part of sleep. Problems can arise when children are unable to return to sleep without help from a parent or caregiver.
Sleep problems that frst appear in infancy may persist as the child grows older. Sleep problems can aﬀect a child’s learning, mood, attention, behavior and health. A child’s sleep problems also can cause stress for parents, caregivers and siblings.
Ongoing sleep problems may be a sign of a sleep disorder. Behavioral treatment of bedtime problems can have positive eﬀects on how the child acts during the day. Treatment also can improve the well-being of parents or caregivers.
Testing At Home
Tips for better sleeping
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Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, MPH, FCCP
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad is a highly qualified physician, Board Certified in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine. He has been actively serving the community of Lee County, Florida since 2004, with a strong focus on a proactive healthcare approach. Dr. Ahmad has received advanced training from some of the most prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell University, State University of New York at Brooklyn, and the University of Mississippi. SOMNAS is a medical facility that is committed to improving and maintaining the health of patients with sleep disorders. The expert team at SOMNAS is known for their compassionate and high-quality care. They offer unparalleled treatment and care to patients on the Gulf Coast of Florida, ensuring a better and healthier life for them.
Job Title: Board Certified in Pulmonary Medicine