Head banging while sleeping: Is your child OK?

Head banging while sleeping: Is your child OK?Head banging is a type of rhythmic movement that healthy infants and children may use to fall asleep at the beginning of the night and during normal nighttime arousals in the middle of the night. Other similar rhythmic behaviors include body rolling or body rocking. Common …Continue reading →

Children and sleepwalking: What parents need to know

Children and sleepwalking: What parents need to knowYour 5 year old has been in bed and asleep since 8 p.m. At 10 p.m. you’re in the kitchen cleaning up and you see your child walk into the living room. You call out to him and he does not respond.

You then recall a similar event the night before when he wandered into your bedroom and urinated in your closet. You run over to him as he is about to “water the plants” and redirect …Continue reading →

What to do when your child has a sleep terror

Sleep terrors can be scary for parents

Sleep terrors are quite common in children.

You tell him that you’re there, but he kicks and screams even louder. You try to hold him and you can feel his heart pounding. He’s sweaty. He’s looking right at you with glazed eyes, and he keeps thrashing, screaming and crying. After 30 minutes to an hour of trying to comfort him, he settles down and falls asleep. Two hours later, it happens again.

The next morning you wake up tired and your child wakes up full of energy, as if nothing happened.

These are typical sleep terrors, and as scary as they seem, they are quite common in children. Sleep terrors …Continue reading →

Is my child having natural growing pains or is it restless legs syndrome?

Is my child having natural growing pains or is it restless legs syndrome?Most children will experience growing pains. Many will have leg pain at night, especially during growth spurts. But, if the leg pain continues after the growth spurt, the pain may be due to something else. Some children complain of a creepy crawly feeling or the feeling of spiders on their legs. If this feeling keeps them up at night, they may have restless legs …Continue reading →

Bad dreams and nighttime screams

With Halloween around the corner this month, horror movies are filling our theaters and TV guides. If your child has bad dreams, avoid these films and pay attention to what your child watches on TV.

Nightmares occur at all ages, but the peak ages are between 3 and 6 years old, when most children’s imaginations blossom. The content of these dreams varies across the age groups. Younger children may dream about separation from parents, shots at the doctor’s office or scary monsters. Older children may have nightmares about stories they’ve seen …Continue reading →