An approach to common sleep presentations in infants and toddlers

Matthew Wong, Rifat Chaudry, Ajay Kevat, James Best, Nicole Lovato, Moya Vandeleur, Jasneek Chawla

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Background: Healthy sleep is vital for optimal child development, yet over 30% of Australian parents report having children with disrupted sleep affecting all family members. These sleep difficulties might co-exist with sleep breathing disorders, contributing to morbidity and reduced quality of life. 

Objective: This article aims to provide general practitioners (GPs) with an evidence-based, biopsychosocial approach to managing common sleep problems in infants and preschool-aged children. 

Discussion: Strategies and techniques are outlined to aid GPs in promoting healthy sleep during infancy, educating parents on typical sleep patterns and supporting families in managing problematic sleep patterns in toddlers. Emphasis is placed on a tailored approach to developing a healthy sleep environment to meet the child's needs and parental values. Valuable resources and indications for specialist consultation are included.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024


  • Sleep problems
  • Sleep in children
  • Safe sleeping


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