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Secondly, the study sought to examine how large the individual differences in sleep among infants can be while still falling within the boundaries of normal child development. This would save parents from unnecessary worry and would help to focus interventions on genuine sleep disorders.
"Those children whose quality of sleep is clearly different from the average would probably benefit from situation assessment at, for example, the child welfare clinic. There are many tools available for reducing children's sleep problems," Paavonen says.
According to Paavonen, it is difficult to give a general recommendation on the total amount of sleep required, although sufficient sleep is certainly important for a child's well-being. The amount of sleep required depends on many factors.
"It is important to look at the child's well-being as a whole."
If it takes longer than 40 minutes for the 8-month-old child to fall asleep, it is best to discuss the matter in the child welfare clinic. The same applies if a 6-month-old child normally wakes at night three times or more, or if the child stays awake at night for particularly long periods, which would mean over 60 minutes for an 8-month-old baby, over 45 minutes for a 12-month-old, or over 30 minutes for an 18-month-old.
"If the parents are very concerned about their child or their own ability to cope, help should be sought even before these levels are reached," Paavonen emphasizes.
The FinnBrain and CHILD-SLEEP cohort data is utilized by a wide consortium which includes the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, the Pirkanmaa Hospital District, the Universities of Helsinki, Turku, Tampere and Eastern Finland, and the Paediatric Research Center of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District. Source:
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare Journal reference:
Paavonen, J.E., et al. (2020) Normal sleep development in infants: findings from two large birth cohorts. Sleep Medicine . doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2020.01.009 .
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