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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2004 Feb;51(1):135-51.

Nonpharmacologic treatments for pediatric sleeplessness.

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Department of Psychology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3405 Civic Center Boulevard, CSH-116, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


Because of the high prevalence of sleep problems in children and adolescents, as well as the profound negative impact that pediatric sleeplessness has on daytime functioning, pediatric practitioners must be aware not only of the causes of sleeplessness but also how to treat sleep problems effectively with nonpharmacologic interventions. This article provided an overview of common pediatric disorders that present as pediatric sleeplessness and are effectively treated by behavioral interventions. Although more studies on behavioral interventions for pediatric sleeplessness are needed, behavioral approaches have been shown to be effective in addressing concerns related to bedtime problems, night wakings, insufficient sleep, insomnia, and DSPS. Behavioral interventions are effectively used for children with special needs, including developmental disabilities, ADHD, and mood disorders.

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