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Understanding and supporting parents with sleep disturbances in the under-5’s

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Sleep disturbances are common in the under-5 age group and are associated with negative health outcomes for both the child and their wider family. Health visitors are key in identifying, supporting and treating sleep disturbances, although it is recognised that professionals often report gaps in their knowledge and a lack of confidence at managing sleep issues. This article will provide an overview of sleep physiology and how this applies to sleeping patterns in young children, as well as exploring the most frequently reported sleep disorders and key guidance for supporting parents.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Visiting
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2018


  • Understanding and supporting parents

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