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What should I do if my child who has autism wakes up repeatedly or has difficulty in sleeping?

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Make an appointment with your child's pediatrician. The doctor may refer you to a sleep specialist or an ear, nose and throat doctor.

It can help to keep a sleep diary for a week to track how much and when your child is sleeping. Write down any snoring, changes in breathing patterns, unusual movements, trouble with breathing, and anything you notice about your child's behavior the following day. You can share this diary with your child's doctor and any specialist involved in treatment.

SOURCES:

WebMD Feature: "How Much Sleep Do Children Need?"

Richdale AL. , 1999. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

The National Autistic Society: "Sleep and autism: helping your child."

Meltzer LJ. , 2008. Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Andersen IM, Kaczmarska J, McGrew SG, Malow BA. , 2008. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

WebMD Feature: "How Much Sleep Do Children Need?"

Richdale AL. , 1999. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

The National Autistic Society: "Sleep and autism: helping your child."

Meltzer LJ. , 2008. Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Andersen IM, Kaczmarska J, McGrew SG, Malow BA. , 2008. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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