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Parents and caregivers should be asked about their children’s sleep at every routine physical examination. Educating families about the importance of sleep is an important intervention that can be delivered in a pediatric primary care setting.
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Sleep patterns of over 29,000 infants and toddlers in several countries in predominantly Asian countries and predominantly Caucasian countries were analyzed. Overall, children from predominantly Asian countries had significantly later bedtimes, shorter total sleep times, increased parental perception of sleep problems, and were more likely to room-share than children from predominantly Caucasian countries/regions.
Sleep problems in toddlers, including night wakings and bedtime resistance, are predictors of internalizing (for example, anxiety) and externalizing (for example, hyperactivity, aggression) behavioral problems.