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From The CriticsReviewer: Danielle Calix, MD (Ochsner for Children)
Description: This update of a 2003 publication provides a detailed review of normal sleep and several specific common pediatric sleep problems. Its unique online companion contains the full text as well as patient handouts and additional references.
Purpose: The purpose is to highlight the prevalence of sleep problems in children, document their profound impact on patients and families, and provide information for the diagnosis and management of these problems. The authors' goals were exceeded, punctuating the need for this updated edition.
Audience: This book is written for clinical healthcare providers, specifically those specializing in the care of children.
Features: The authors provide useful diagnostic tools for recognizing sleep problems in children such as specific sleep stage disturbances, night waking, enuresis, sleep apnea, etc. Symptom-based algorithms, tips for talking to parents, and parent handouts are particularly useful for clinicians. The chapter on sleep and medications is an especially valuable resource.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile endeavor providing important information on a somewhat underappreciated aspect of overall child health. The updated resources, online appendixes, and diagnostic criteria as well as revised practice guidelines and handouts prove the necessity of this second edition.