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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2000 Nov;39(11):635-42.

Altered sleeping arrangements in pediatric patients with epilepsy.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock 72202, USA.


Parental fears concerning seizure occurrence may be associated with behavioral changes within the home environment. One possible change involves sleeping arrangements. Questionnaires concerning demographics, medical history, and sleeping arrangements were completed by parents of 179 children with epilepsy and by parents of 155 children with diabetes for comparison purposes. Based on parental response, 40 (22%) children with epilepsy changed to less independent sleeping arrangements. Logistic regression suggested that parental concern over seizure occurrence was highly associated with this change (p=<0.001). In contrast, 13 (8%) of the children with diabetes changed to a less independent sleep pattern. Results suggest changes in sleeping arrangements may alert the pediatrician to possible parental anxiety that may need to be addressed.

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