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Monday, February 19, 2018

Archive for the ‘Sleep’ Category

Birth to 5 Q&A: I need rest! How can I get my baby to sleep?

Q: My 5-month-old is not a good sleeper, and I’m getting so little sleep I’m barely functioning at work. My friends are urging me to do “cry it out” or some form of sleep training, but I’m confused, because the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep in the same room as their parents for […]

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University of Arizona study: Naps may help preschoolers learn

A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime boosts language learning in preschool-age children. Researchers found 3-year-olds who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours later. The findings suggest parents may want to consider maintaining regular naptimes for preschoolers, says lead study author Michelle […]

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American Academy of Pediatrics: Babies should sleep in the same room as their parents

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a new recommendation, and it’s likely to change the way millions of parents with babies go to sleep. Parents are being told it’s best to have their babies sleeping in the same room with them for at least the first six months — and preferably the first year. […]

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Crib bumpers and bedding are unsafe

Crib bumpers unsafe

Surrounding a new baby with crib bumpers, cozy blankets, pillows and stuffed animals used to be the norm before researchers discovered that the use of these items raised the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Before the Back to Sleep campaign (now Safe to Sleep®) was implemented by the National Institute of Child Health […]

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Sleep-deprived teens at risk for obesity

Could the lack of sleep from hefty high school schedules, late-night texting sessions or the lure of the latest video game lead to obesity? A study, published online in July in the Journal of Pediatrics, examined the effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time. The study: Researchers from Columbia University and the University of North […]

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Link to poor sleep and obesity in children

If children don’t get enough sleep, does it increase the likelihood that they could become overweight or obese? Researchers say that sleep duration has declined around 30 to 60 minutes per night over the past twenty years among children of all ages, from newborns to teens. In a new study to be released in the […]

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Safe sleep for babies

In Arizona, 51 babies under the age of 1 died in 2012 because they were put to bed in an unsafe sleep environment. Eighty-three percent of  those deaths were determined to have been preventable, according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review (ACFR) Program, an annual report issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services Office […]

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Lack of sleep? Irregular bedtimes linked to behavior problems

I remember clearly what one good friend decided to bestow on her soon to be 3-year-old as a birthday present. “She’s getting a regular bedtime,” my friend said. “I’ve absolutely had it!” Turns out, that was a wise decision, not only for my friend’s sanity, but for her daughter’s well-being. New study findings show that […]

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How to get your baby to sleep

Lack of sleep is a common complaint that parents of infants and young children bring to child development professionals. Biology and genetics can play a role in how children sleep. Some children are inherently good sleepers while others are susceptible to problems. Here are some common questions and answers about sleep. When should I start […]

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Everyone needs a good night’s sleep

Sleep. Parents crave it; kids fight it. Newborns upset the sleep routines of an entire household as they try to figure out when to do it. As they grow into toddlers and preschoolers who follow a more regular schedule, parental concerns about sleep tend to fade. Ninety percent of parents believe their children get the […]

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