Are you worried that your baby, toddler or child
may be affected? You can recognize
sleep disorder symptoms in your baby or toddler by
extreme fatigue, snoring, heavy breathing, bedwetting, etc. and find out
how to link those to apnea, night terrors, sleepwalking,
narcolepsy and so on.
See below for complete sleep
disorder evaluation guidelines.
If you have your toddler or baby not sleeping well, it may be 'just'
the common so-called behavioral issues like difficulty sleeping through the night, settling and self
soothing or one of the common sleep disturbances (reflux, cold, teething, etc.).
But it could also be one of the more
disruptive, primary sleep disorders in children, like
night terrors, bedwetting (enuresis), sleepwalking or sleeptalking, apnea or narcolepsy.
Sleep disorder symptoms to look out for
If you're worried about your baby, toddler or also older child do the sleep
disorder evaluation by checking for the following disorder symptoms:
Wakes up screaming shortly after going down
May be night
terrors, also called sleep terrors. Babies as young as under
one year old may have these too but they are more frequent in
toddlers and older children.
Sits up, walks or talks, during nap or night: seems
awake but is not, is not "seeing"
May be sleepwalking
Regularly wets the bed after having been dry
for several months or having reached the age of 6-8+
May be bedwetting with a physical cause that requires attention.
Snores, mouth breathes or has difficulty
breathing when sleeping, also when not having a
Sweats (heavily) when sleeping and/or sleeps
Regularly stops breathing for a moment during the night or a nap
Is excessively tired during the day, also after
a seemingly OK night
Has difficulty waking up in the morning at
May be narcolepsy or apnea. Check further apnea signs and visit a doctor or pediatrician.
Remember that each of
these symptoms can also happen from time to time,
without any disorder bothering your child. It is when it
frequently and persists, that it may be necessary to take action.