A summary of a meeting of sleep experts to discuss the treatment of pediatric insomnia is featured in the latest issue of Pediatrics. The meeting, coordinated by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), was held November 1 and 2, 2004, in collaboration with Best Practice Management Inc. According to an NSF bulletin, the conference “explored numerous issues including ethical challenges related to clinical trials involving children and adolescents, the priorities for future research of pediatric insomnia, and the need for data about the best pharmacologic approaches to treating insomnia in this population.”

The article is titled “Pharmacologic Management of Insomnia in Children and Adolescents: Consensus Statement.” Further information contained in the NSF report said that the article covered:
• how pediatric insomnia should be defined,
• who should be included in clinical trials; and
• the need for determining age-appropriate strategies to resolve sleeping difficulties in children and adolescents.