Learn How To Recognize Sleep Disorder Symptoms
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
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, ... and find out
how to link those to apnea, night terrors, sleepwalking,
See below for complete sleep
If you have your toddler or baby not sleeping well, it may be 'just'
the normal so-called behavioral
issues like difficulty sleeping through the night, settling and self
or one of the common infant
(reflux, cold, teething, ...).
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 are worried about your baby, toddler or also older child do the sleep
by simply checking for the following disorder symptoms:
- Wakes up screaming shortly after going down
May be night
, 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 6-7+
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
. 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.
Refer to the overview
of sleep disorders
for a brief definition of each disorder.
Also if you worry, never hesitate to double check and consult your
doctor or health adviser when in doubt.