Are you worried that your baby, toddler or child
may be affected? You can
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
If you have your toddler or baby not sleeping well, it may be 'just'
the common so-called
issues like difficulty sleeping through the night,
settling and self
or one of the common
(reflux, cold, teething, etc.).
But it could also be one of the
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
by checking for the following disorder symptoms:
Wakes up screaming shortly after going down
, also called sleep terrors. Babies as young as under
one yearÂ 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"
Regularly wets the bed after having been dry
for several months or having reached the age of 6-8+
with a physical cause that requires attention.
May be a urinary tract infection, which always requires medical 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
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.
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.