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Sleep needs vary among children. A good goal is 10 to 11 hours per night for grade-school children and 8 to 9 hours for teenagers. If your child is having trouble sleeping, here are some simple things you can do.
If you’ve done all these things and you’re still having trouble, make an appointment with your child’s doctor. That way you can find out if there is an underlying medical problem, such as depression or anxiety, and if any medication or a workup may be necessary.
Sarah Selickman Heidt, MD, is a community pediatrician affiliated with Cincinnat Children's. She practices at Pediatric Associates of Mt. Carmel. She is president of the Cincinnati Pediatric Society. If you have questions for the pediatrician, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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