Dr Laura Sterni, director of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, told the Baltimore Sun treating sleep ailments in children takes a different approach form that used for adults.
Treating many of the sleep problems seen in children often requires family involvement. Many of the bedtime issues we see in children are treated by teaching the child and parent about good sleep habits, appropriate sleep schedules and consistent limit-setting by parents. It is very important to teach families about healthy sleep. Correcting bedtime problems and instituting healthy sleep habits will help avoid the complications of sleep deprivation.