Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: Revised Edition: New, Revised, and Expanded Edition

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Simon and Schuster, May 23, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 464 pages
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Does your child

  • Have difficulty falling asleep?

  • Wake in the middle of the night?

  • Suffer sleep terrors, sleepwalking, or nighttime fears?

  • Have difficulty waking for school or staying awake in class?

  • Snore, wet the bed, or head bang?

In the first major revision of his bestselling, groundbreaking classic since it was published twenty years ago, Dr. Richard Ferber, the nation's foremost authority on children's sleep problems, delivers safe, sound ideas for helping your child fall and stay asleep at night and perform well during the day.

Incorporating new research, Dr. Ferber provides important basic information that all parents should know regarding the nature of sleep and the development of normal sleep and body rhythms throughout childhood. He discusses the causes of most sleep problems from birth to adolescence and recommends an array of proven solutions for each so that parents can choose the strategy that works best for them. Topics covered in detail include:

  • Bedtime difficulties and nighttime wakings

  • Effective strategies for naps

  • Sleep schedule abnormalities

  • A balanced look at co-sleeping

  • New insights into the nature of sleep terrors and sleepwalking

  • Problems in setting limits

  • Sleep apnea, narcolepsy, bed-wetting, and head banging

Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems offers priceless advice and concrete help for a whole new generation of anxious, frustrated, and overtired parents.

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This book saved my sanity!

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I keep an extra copy of this book on hand to give away. My first introduction to it was 19 years ago. Its still very true! Hang in there! It works if you work it! Read full review

Solve your child's sleep problems

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Ferber (director, Sleep Lab & Ctr. for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Boston Children�s Hosp.) is a sleep giant in the land of nod. In the 21 years since the first edition of this book was ... Read full review


At the End of Your Rope
Typical Sleep Requirements in Childhood
What We Know About Sleep
Brain Wave Patterns in Waking and in Sleep
Typical Sleep Stage Progression in the Young Child
Helping Your Child Develop Good Sleep Practices
Sleep Associations A Key Problem
Common Causes of Sleep Problems at Different Times of the Day and Night
Schedule Disorders I Sleep Phase Problems
Sleep Phase Shifts
Schedule Disorders II Other Common Schedule Problems
Potential Sleep Problems
Drifting Nap Patterns
Partial Wakings Sleep Talking Sleepwalking Confusional Arousals

The ProgressiveWaiting Approach
Sleep Chart for Parents to
Betsys Sleep Chart
The Problem of Limit Setting
Helping Your Child Learn to Stay in His Room
Feedings During the Night Another Major Cause of Trouble
Eliminating Extra Feedings at Sleep Times
Nighttime Fears
Colic and Other Medical Causes of Poor Sleep
Schedules and Sleep Rhythm Disturbances
How Do You Know What Time
Spectrum of Behavior in Children at the End of a Period of Stage IV
A Summary of the Major Patterns Across Childhood and General Recommendations for Management
Nightmares Versus Sleep Terrors
Your Childs Urinary System
Head Banging Body Rocking and Head Rolling
Noisy Breathing Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Use of CPAP FIGURE 20 How to Tell Whether Your Child Has Sleep Apnea
Narcolepsy and Other Causes of Sleepiness

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About the author (2006)

Richard Ferber, M.D., is an associate professor of neurology at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital Boston. He lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

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