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Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Children and Teens (cont.)

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What are some "dont's" for getting my child or teen to sleep?

These "dont's" are adapted from "Sleep Problems: Your Child" University of Michigan Health Care System.

  1. Don't put your child to bed with a bottle of juice, milk or formula. Sugar in such drinks promotes tooth decay. Water is acceptable.
  2. Don't fill up the bed with toys. Limit the crib/bed to one to two "special" items. Too many items are over stimulating and the child will have a hard time not playing with them. Eliminate any object that might be a safety hazard.
  3. Don't threaten to send your child to bed as a punishment. Bedtime should be an enjoyable experience that will promote falling asleep in a timely fashion.
  4. Avoid caffeine before bed:Caffeinated drinks such as cola, chocolate, iced tea, etc.
  5. Limit TV in the afternoon and at night. TV stimulation may carry on longer than you suspect. Having a TV in a child's room may be counterproductive to getting your child or teen to sleep.

Medically reviewed by Douglas Barton, MD; Board Certified Pediatrics

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Ferber, Richard. Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems. United States: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group., May 2006.

Karp, Harvey. The Happiest Baby on the Block. United States: Random House Publishing Group, May 2003.

Pantely, Elizabeth. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night. United States: McGraw-Hill, March 2002.

Stanford University. Children and Sleepwalking

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<> Night, Night! Dr. Hull's Common Sense Sleep Solutions©. Confusional Arousals

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/15/2014

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