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April 16, 2020 Thursday 04:53:57 PM IST

Sleeping problems in infancy lead to anxiety

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Sleeping problems in the first 12 months of life can put a child at risk of developing childhood anxieties and emotional disorders, according to a report in BMJ Journals.  Around 19% of infants (0-12 months of age) have sleep difficulties, including frequent waking at night and/or trouble falling asleep without help from a parent. The study was conducted among 1460 mother-infant dyads. 283 (19.4%) infants had persistent severe sleep problems, 817 (56.0%) had moderate/fluctuating sleep problems and 360 (24.7%) infants were settled. Infants with persistent severe sleep problems were more likely to report emotional symptoms at age 4. Such children were also at increased risk of anxiety problems and emotional disorders at age 10.

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