Toddler Sleep Disorders

Putting a toddler to bed is one of the most difficult tasks that a parent faces. Toddlers are so eager to learn new things that bedtime is often the most dreaded time of the day for them. Besides, toddlers also face a number of sleep disorders that hamper their ability to fall asleep easily.

Toddler sleep disorders and restless legs syndrome

Leg syndrome is a disorder wherein the legs need to be in constant motion to prevent pain. In toddlers, this condition is very rare and if it does occur, it lasts for just a short period.


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Growth spurts can also result in leg pain and can be eased by gently massaging the legs before bed. However, most toddlers don’t like going to bed and often cry, scream and kick their legs around in an attempt to attract attention. This behavior is heartbreaking for any parent. In an effort to comfort the child, parents often ask the child if their legs are hurting. When children realize that leg pain draws attention, they tend to use it as an excuse. Assuring the child that he or she is well and not staying with him or her for prolonged periods of time will gradually reduce the instances if the child is not suffering from restless legs. However, consulting a pediatrician is recommended to ascertain the cause of the behavior.

Toddler sleep disorder and night terrors

Terrors usually stem from a feeling of insecurity. Imaginary monsters present and the idea of being left alone often frighten toddlers.

Similarly, shadows formed on the wall by light that streams in through an open window could frighten them to a certain extent. Leaving a night lamp on low and keeping the door slightly ajar reassures your toddler that you are watching over him at all times. Quality time spent together before bedtime also does wonders in calming toddlers enabling them to sleep well.

Toddler sleep disorder and snoring

Most babies snore due to the secretions in their throats that clog up their underdeveloped, thin air passages. By the time the baby is around six months old; the air passages mature and widen leading to a reduction in vibratory sounds that cause the snoring. In toddlers, if the snoring persists, it could be an indication of sleep apnea syndrome, a sleep disorder that is very common, characterized by brief pauses in breathing causing sleep disturbances. Inflamed adenoids and tonsils are usually the main reason for sleep apnea. The condition needs to be treated at the earliest to avoid cardiovascular disorders at a later stage. In most cases, the tonsils and adenoids are removed surgically.

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