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Sleep issues in kids seem to be among the most common problems that parents report when visiting their child's pediatrician. Some are concerned that their newborn sleeps too much, others worry their child isn't getting nearly enough sleep each night. No matter the issue, PCPs will need to counsel parents about their child's sleep health.
Some of the most common sleep problems PCPs might encounter include obstructive breathing problems such as sleep apnea, insomnia and sleep trouble due to unhealthy use of electronic devices before bedtime.
Joining us on today's episode of Charting Pediatrics is Ricky Mohon, MD, Medical Director of Sleep Medicine at Children's Colorado. We will discuss the most common sleep disorders and sleep issues affecting pediatric and adolescent patients.
Dr. Mohon explains that pediatricians must be prepared to counsel parents about their children's sleep health from infancy through their teenage years. Each age bracket has wildly varying sleep needs, and parents may need help clarifying which behaviors are normal versus cause for concern. PCPs may also need to have sensitive conversations with parents of infants about self-soothing, safe sleep and best practices for feedings.
When a child is having trouble sleeping, they're treated by the pediatric experts in our Sleep Center. Our team assists primary care providers and specialists with the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children, and adolescents with sleep problems. Refer a patient to Children's Colorado.