Insomnia is the inability to sleep well. Insomnia may make it hard for your child to get to sleep, stay asleep, or sleep as long as he or she needs to. This can make your child tired and grouchy during the day. It can also make your child forgetful, less effective at school, and unhappy.
Insomnia can be caused by conditions such as depression or anxiety. Pain can also affect your child's ability to sleep. When these problems are solved, the insomnia usually clears up. But sometimes bad sleep habits can cause insomnia.
If insomnia is affecting your child's schoolwork or your child's enjoyment of life, you can take steps to improve your child's sleep.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
What to avoid
What to try
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 10, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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