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Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Children (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care and Treatment for Sleep Problems in Children

Most behavioral sleep problems can be managed by primary care doctors. However, there are cases when sleep problems persist or consistently interfere with the child's functioning even after making appropriate and recommended changes. Sleep specialists can help in many of these situations. In addition, some children with special needs (autistic or developmentally delayed) may also benefit from referral. It is important to keep in mind that some children diagnosed with behavioral sleep disorders also often suffer from physiologic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Discuss all of you concerns regarding your child's sleeping habits with your child's health care practitioner.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

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