A Guide To Sleeping Disorders In Children

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Did you know that close to 70% of children below the age of 10 experience a sleeping problem, and amongst that figure, up to half will need medical attention? If your child is having trouble sleeping but you are not sure what the problem is or how serious it is, you may have considered going to a sleep specialist. Before doing so, you may benefit from using a sleep oxygen monitor for children to monitor their oxygen levels, heart rate and movement overnight.

Symptoms of Sleeping Disorders

Getting sufficient quality sleep is crucial to a developing child. When a child has problems sleeping, one or more of the below symptoms can be observed:

  • Continued snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to focus during the day
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Sleep walking and talking
  • Night terrors
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Difficulty breathing, such as gasping for air during sleep
  • … and more

If an issue does not resolve timely by itself, it could indicate an underlying physical or emotional condition, which you would need to seek medical attention for.

Possible Causes of Sleeping Disorders

What can cause sleeping problems in infants, toddlers and young children? Below are some common reasons:

  • Feeding intolerance
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irritability
  • Airway abnormalities or breathing difficulties
  • Colic
  • A learned behavior to attract a parent’s or caregiver’s attention
  • An underlying condition that requires medical attention
  • … and more

Improving Sleep in Children

As parents and caregivers, there are certain things you can do to improve the quality of sleep your child gets. For instance, it is important to place infants on their backs for sleep. As your child gets older, develop a bedtime routine that will help their body understand it is time to rest. Below is a list of suggestions to consider:

  • Set a consistent bedtime every night. Accompany this with a routine such as the drinking of milk and a bedtime story.
  • Eliminate screen time and the use of electronics an hour before bed.
  • If there are any active pets that are keeping your child up at night, ensure that they are kept out of bed.

LOOKEE® Sleep Oxygen Monitor for Children Aged 3-10 Years

Does your child have trouble sleeping? Do you suspect they could have a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnea, or an underlying physical condition? If so, you may have thought of using a sleep oxygen monitor to keep track of their vitals while they sleep. The LOOKEE® sleep oxygen monitor for children can be slipped on your child’s finger or toe and keeps track of their oxygen levels, heart rate and movement overnight. If any of the readings leave an ideal zone, the monitor will instantly alert you. With this handy device, you can enjoy peace of mind and a good night’s sleep.

At LOOKEE® Tech, all our sleep oxygen monitors are designed using the latest technology and come with one year warranty for your peace of mind. If you have any more questions regarding our products, please feel free to contact us.