Spotting Sleep Problems in Special-Needs Children
TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- About 30 percent of children have a sleep disorder, but the rate is even higher in children with special needs, an expert says.
This increased risk in children with special needs is likely related to physical and behavioral differences, as well as side effects from medication, said Dr. Jennifer Accardo, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Lab at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md.
Not all children with special needs who have sleep disturbances will be diagnosed with a sleep disorder, but early detection of common signs is the key to improving sleep. Parents know their child's sleep patterns best and can spot sleep issues if they know what to look for.
Signs of sleep problems in school-age children with special needs include: snoring; difficulty falling or staying asleep; sleepwalking, night terrors and other nighttime activities; sleeping too much; and needing parents to be in the room to fall asleep.Read entire article...