Kids and sleep: How primary care providers can help
More than one third of kids ages 4 months to 17 years in the U.S. slept less than recommended for their age, according to an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC, which reviewed findings from the 2016-2018 National Survey of Children’s Health, also found rates of insufficient sleep was highest for kids in racial and ethnic minority groups, of low socioeconomic status, and with special health care needs. Kids who do not get enough sleep are at increased risk for injuries, poor mental health, obesity, type 2 diabetes, attention and behavior problems, and poor cognitive development.
Poor sleep can frustrate an entire family, so when a child is suspected of having a common or complex sleep disorder, it’s important to get to the root cause of the problem quickly. In the Talking Pediatrics podcast episode, “What’s Sleep Got to Do With It?,” host Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd talked with Dr. Ben Ryba-White, pediatric sleep medicine clinician at Children’s Minnesota Sleep Clinic, about the importance of sleep for kids and what primary care physicians can do to help. Dr. Ryba-White is board-certified in pediatrics and sleep medicine.