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Examining Insomnia In Children

Oct 25, 2007
Sadly sometimes children are faced with medical problems usually associated with adults and adult behavior. While the age difference between children and adults can be substantial, the negative impacts can be as severe with a child as it is with an adult. Sometimes the child's negative impact can be more dramatic and harmful than the adults. When this happens, it is unfortunate that the children haven't built up the strength or immunity to fight it.

The effects of insomnia in children can be quite dramatic. There are a number of residual effects with a child that suffers from bouts of insomnia. These effects can make the child's life very difficult. Difficulty in school, an inability to maintain a social life and a host or other problems can result from a poor night's sleep. Successful treatment for insomnia in children always starts with a proper diagnosis. A proper diagnosis leads to effective proper treatment. There are lots of conditions that could lead to the insomnia. Insomnia can be the result of both mental and physical problems. As with many disorders, there is an unfortunate tendency for parents to downplay a potentially serious condition that is in fact quite serious.

Ascertaining a Proper Diagnosis of Insomnia in Children

Most people will have to deal with insomnia at one point or another within their lifetime. If the insomnia becomes continual, that may indicate a serious underlying condition. Parents must take insomnia in a child seriously. If it isn't taken seriously, then a proper diagnosis can't be made and without a proper diagnosis, proper treatment can't take place. This doesn't help the child and may, in fact, lead to a worsening of the underlying condition. If your child displays signs of general tiredness or his attitude changes or his mental process slows down, it may be a sign of poor sleep. It has been proved that a child's IQ suffers more from poor sleep than exposure to lead. Get it checked.

Insomnia in Children and the Parent's Role

If you as a parent notice the presence of insomnia in your child, it is then your responsibility to make sure the condition is treated properly. In your primary role as caregiver, you must not neglect this responsibility. Neglecting the condition won't help and in fact can make it worse. The ramifications can be dire. So many things in our adult lives are planted in us as a child. Let your child have all the chances to grow up strong and confident. No sleep equals limited abilities.

As a parent you must not ignore potentially serious conditions and while insomnia may not seem like a serious condition, it can be. A superficial analysis of a problem by an untrained person isn't the way to go. Insomnia in children should be diagnosed and treated by a professional. There are sleep doctors in most major cities. If you child is suffering from insomnia, search out a sleep doctor or have your family doctor refer your child.
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