Debra Babcock (2011)
Sleep is a vital physiologic function. Asking parents about their children’s sleep should be part of every routine physical examination. Evaluating infants requires an understanding of changes in sleep associated with developmental stage. Problems with sleep associations may begin in late infancy and become a major issue for toddlers. Good sleep is crucial for success in learning for all children. Daytime behaviors in children may be symptoms of nighttime problems. Adolescents are often chronically sleep-deprived. Educating parents and their children about the importance of sleep is an important intervention that over time can help children lead happier, more productive lives.
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