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Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems - Richard Ferber

Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems

Paperback Published: 23rd May 2006
ISBN: 9780743201636
Number Of Pages: 272

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Booklist" A practical, informative and sensitive guide. "Kirkus Reviews" Those wrestling with a persistent or more serious problem will find this a real boon. T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. author of "Doctor and Child" Dr. Ferber is remarkably clear about a complex and common problem....Most parents will be able to use this book as a guide in helping them sort out theirs from the child's needs and will be able to follow his clear, practical directions to the relief of sleeping through the night. "Publishers Weekly" Ferber is sound, sane and reassuring....Parents of the sleepless should have this one on the shelf for its facts and solid suggestions that work. "Kirkus Reviews" Welcome news for exhausted parents.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Figuresp. xv
Preface to the Second Editionp. xvii
Your Child's Sleep
At the End of Your Ropep. 3
Can a Child Just Be a "Poor Sleeper"?p. 6
How to Tell Whether Your Child Has a Sleep Problemp. 8
Starting with a Basic Understanding of Sleepp. 13
What We Know About Sleepp. 14
Non-REM Sleepp. 15
REM Sleepp. 18
How Sleep Stages Develop in Childrenp. 21
Children's Sleep Cyclesp. 23
Sleep and Waking Patternsp. 28
The Importance of Biological Rhythmsp. 31
Helping Your Child Develop Good Sleep Practicesp. 33
The Importance of Your Child's Bedtime Routinesp. 34
"Back to Sleep": Reducing the Risk of SIDSp. 37
Should Your Child Sleep in Your Bed?p. 41
Specific Issues Related to Co-sleepingp. 44
The Sleep Challenges of Multiples: Twins and Tripletsp. 49
The Special Toy or Favorite Blanketp. 52
Developing Good Schedulesp. 53
The Sleepless Child
Sleep Associations: A Key Problemp. 61
A Typical Sleep Association Problemp. 63
Why Sleep Associations Matterp. 65
Wrong Sleep Associationsp. 67
How to Solve the Problem: The Progressive-Waiting Approachp. 72
Making the Changes in One Step or Severalp. 83
Associations to the Breast, Bottle, or Pacifierp. 85
Co-sleeping and Related Considerationsp. 87
If Things Are Not Getting Betterp. 92
General Observationsp. 95
The Problem of Limit Settingp. 105
Who's in Charge?p. 106
Difficulty Setting Limitsp. 108
Limits, Associations, Feedings, Schedules, and Fearsp. 111
Setting Limits at Nightp. 112
Limit Setting Problems: Some Examplesp. 129
Feedings During the Night: Another Major Cause of Troublep. 136
Is Your Child's Sleep Problem Caused by Nighttime Feedings?p. 139
How to Solve the Problemp. 140
Other Points to Keep in Mindp. 148
Medical Considerationsp. 149
Nighttime Fearsp. 151
The Anxious Childp. 151
Bedtime Fearsp. 153
Evaluating Your Child's Fearsp. 156
How to Cope with Nighttime Fearsp. 165
Techniques to Help a Child Feel Less Frightened and Fall Asleep Quicklyp. 167
Final Considerationsp. 177
Colic and Other Medical Causes of Poor Sleepp. 178
Colicp. 178
Chronic Illnessp. 181
Nocturnal Painp. 182
Medicationp. 184
Abnormal Brain Function and a True Inability to Sleep Wellp. 188
Schedules and Sleep Rhythm Disturbances
Schedules and Rhythmsp. 195
Sleep Phasesp. 199
The Circadian System and the Forbidden Zone for Sleep: Why You Can Stay Awake Until Bedtime-and Sleep Until Morningp. 200
Setting the Biological Clock: How Do You Know What Time Zone You Are In?p. 204
Individual Differences: Are You a Lark or an Owl?p. 206
Society, Sleep Deprivation, and the Adolescentp. 207
Specific Sleep Problems Affecting Different Parts of the Sleep Cycle: A Summaryp. 211
Schedule Disorders I: Sleep Phase Problemsp. 214
Sleep Phasesp. 214
Sleep Phase Shiftsp. 219
Sleep Phase Shifts in the Adolescentp. 230
Schedule Disorders II: Other Common Schedule Problemsp. 241
Problems in Regular Schedulesp. 241
Irregular and Inconsistent Sleep-Wake Schedulesp. 255
Travelp. 260
Napsp. 264
Problems with the Length and Timing of Napsp. 267
Trouble Giving Up a Nap: Transition Problemsp. 280
Nap Time Sleep Association Problemsp. 281
Napping (or Not) at Home and at Day Carep. 282
You May Have to Accept What Worksp. 283
Interruptions During Sleep
Partial Wakings: Sleep Talking, Sleepwalking, Confusional Arousals, and Sleep Terrorsp. 287
What They Are and Why They Happenp. 287
The Normal Transition from Deep (Stage IV) Sleep Toward Wakingp. 289
More Intense Transitions: A Spectrum of Confusional Eventsp. 291
What a Confusional Event Feels Likep. 296
Why Confusional Events Happen: The Balance Between Sleep and Wakingp. 297
The Variability of Arousals over Timep. 311
Evaluating Confusional Events: When to Take Actionp. 312
Treatmentp. 315
What You Should Do and What Else to Considerp. 315
How We Helped the Children Described Earlierp. 322
Nightmaresp. 333
What Nightmares Are and Why They Occurp. 333
How to Help Your Child If He Is Having Nightmaresp. 337
Nightmares and Confusional Eventsp. 341
Nightmares or "'No'-mares"?: "I had a bad dream"p. 345
Bedwettingp. 347
The Impact of Enuresisp. 348
What Causes Enuresis?p. 350
Approaches to Treating Enuresisp. 355
Final Wordsp. 367
Head Banging, Body Rocking, and Head Rollingp. 368
When Do These Behaviors Occur?p. 369
What Do These Behaviors Look Like?p. 370
Is Head Banging Dangerous?p. 371
When Should You Be Concerned?p. 371
What Causes Rhythmic Behaviors?p. 372
Treating the Problemp. 378
Outcomesp. 382
The Sleepy Child
Noisy Breathing, Snoring, and Obstructive Sleep Apneap. 387
What Happens in Sleep Apneap. 388
What Causes the Obstructionp. 392
Treating Sleep Apneap. 396
Some Words of Cautionp. 401
Getting Your Child the Help She Needsp. 403
Narcolepsy and Other Causes of Sleepinessp. 406
Is Your Child Abnormally Sleepy?p. 408
Causes of Sleepiness Other Than Narcolepsyp. 409
Treating Simpler Causes of Sleepinessp. 410
Evaluation at a Sleep Disorders Centerp. 411
Narcolepsyp. 414
The Cause of Narcolepsyp. 424
The Treatment of Narcolepsyp. 426
Future Treatmentsp. 430
Indexp. 431
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ISBN: 9780743201636
ISBN-10: 0743201639
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd May 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.82  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.42

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