Does Your Baby Have a Sleep Problem?

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By Alexa Joy Sherman

Are baby sleep problems keeping everyone up at night? In most cases, lack of sleep in babies is a behavioral problem that can be easily solved with sleep training. “Sleeping is natural, and sleep training, when done right, works,” says Lewis J. Kass, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician in Westchester, N.Y. “But when the baby’s sleep is not happening normally, and sleep training isn’t working, you should not neglect the possibility that there could be an underlying medical condition that’s impeding the baby’s ability to do what is so natural.”

To figure out whether your baby sleep problems could be signs of a condition that warrants medical attention, read the following symptoms, as outlined in Sleeping Through the Night by clinical psychologist Jodi A. Mindell, PhD.  “If you have concerns, speak to your pediatrician, who may refer you to a pediatric sleep center or pediatric pulmonologist,” Kass says.

Signs of baby sleep problems

  1. Loud snoring, noisy breathing or breathing pauses while sleeping
  2. Breathing through his mouth while sleeping
  3. Appearing confused or looking terrified when he awakens during the night
  4. Kicking his legs in rhythmic fashion while sleeping
  5. Sleeping restlessly
  6. Frequent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  7. Difficulty waking up in the morning or daytime sleepiness
  8. Sleep difficulties leading to daytime behavior problems or irritability