I don’t see my child’s health condition on this website – where else can I look?
I’m so sorry you didn’t find exactly what you were looking for at first glance on the website. We are continuing to build the Special Populations section. In the meantime, here are a few thoughts for you.
First, go ahead and click the link on the bottom of the main Special Populations section page that will take you to the News and Research posts with a Special Populations tag. You may find some information there.
Second, know that regardless of your little one’s special care needs, strengths, or challenges, much of the information on this website is likely applicable to you and your family. Behavioral strategies or routines may need to be slightly modified or individualized for your little one, but the overall ideas presented here related to sleep and sleep safety are likely appropriate. In fact, there may even be some information on this website that applies even more strongly to your little one (for example, the increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea for children with Down Syndrome). If you are concerned about whether strategies recommended here can apply to your child be sure to contact your health care provider.
Third, if your child struggles with a specific condition or disability, you may be able to find more specific information related to sleep and your child on websites and online communities specifically designed to provide information about that condition. The American Academy of Pediatrics is also often a great resource.
Finally, talk to your primary health care provider or any of your child’s specialists if you are concerned about his sleep. You can be referred to a pediatric sleep specialist in your area. Pediatric sleep specialists see a wide range of patients, and will likely be able to provide you with very specific information for your child related to sleep and her special care needs.
If you have a specific question about your child, feel free to use the Ask the Expert function of Johnson’s Bedtime app and we will be happy to respond.
Also, see my response to the question, “My child has special needs. Can I use the information on the rest of this website?”About Dr. Erin Leichman