Sleep Disorders: When Should the Alarm Be Raised?

When talking about sleep disorders, we often pay attention only to the problems of adults. For many people, babies and infants do not suffer from sleep disorders. They are still small and sleep all day long. This misperception causes parents to panic when they realize their baby is having trouble falling asleep.

How Do Sleep Problems in Babies Manifest Themselves?

Before understanding when there is cause for concern, we need to know what is considered a sleep disorder in toddlers.

* Baby falls asleep, but instead of sleeping soundly like all children his age, he keeps waking up after a while

* Baby refuses to fall asleep and cries

* Baby will not sleep unless an adult is with them. If the adult comes to lie down with him, he will be condemned to stay in bed because any attempt to move away will cause the baby to wake up

Sleep Disorders Among Toddlers: Are They Dangerous, and Where Can One Find Help?

Sleep disorders are a nightmare for parents. When an adult or child can’t sleep, they can explain what’s bothering them. But when it’s a baby, you can only guess. That’s why you shouldn’t panic from day one. Sometimes, it’s even expected. For example, at one and a half years, there is a phenomenon called 18 month old sleep regression, which is entirely natural. So, what can be done if the parents think their baby is not sleeping well enough but don’t want to look hysterical by taking a healthy child to the hospital? There is a simple solution; contact parents’ associations. On the forums and in the chats of these associations, the parents will find information that will help to evaluate the situation better.

Nova Scotia Council for the Family