Pediatrics

Talk

What are the Best Practices in Managing Infant and Childhood Sleep Problems

Friday, November 24
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Infant sleep problems are common in family practice, reported up to 45% of mothers in the second 6 months of life, and double the risk of maternal depression. While they can be frustrating to deal with for both parents and physicians and a common driver for health use during infancy, sleep problems are often readily treatable.

The origins of sleep problems are multifactorial, including different physiological needs and sleep patterns of babies compared to children; attachment and parenting problems; adverse childhood experiences and other family issues that require different approaches.

Parents need access to effective sleep management strategies, and family physicians should have practical approach to help their families. Behavioral techniques in sleep training, such as controlled comforting and adult fading (also known as camping out), can effectively reduce infant sleep problems, lead to improved parent sleep and mental health and child-parent relationships. In addition, there is a reduction in associated maternal depression. Despite their effectiveness, theoretical concerns persist about long-term harm on children’s emotional development, stress regulation, mental health, and the child-parent relationship, but these remain unproven.

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William J. Watson

Staff Physician, Academic Family Health Team, Associate Professor
St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto

Dr. Bill Watson is a full-time family physician practicing for over 35 years in an academic family health team. In addition to teaching and supervision, his work included ER, Obstetrics, long term-care management and research. He has presented workshops on topics relating to healthy child development, parenting and postpartum mood disorders. He is married with four great adult children and two wonderful grandchildren and loves to golf and play squash.

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Jean Clinton

Staff Child Psychiatrist
McMaster Health Sciences Centre

Dr Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital. She is also a senior scientist at the INCH (INfant Child Health) Lab at McMaster University. IN addition she is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy. She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for almost 30 years. Dr Clinton was recently appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education.

Dr Clinton is renowned locally, provincially, nationally, and more recently internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected.

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    William J. Watson

    Staff Physician, Academic Family Health Team, Associate Professor
    St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto

    Dr. Bill Watson is a full-time family physician practicing for over 35 years in an academic family health team. In addition to teaching and supervision, his work included ER, Obstetrics, long term-care management and research. He has presented workshops on topics relating to healthy child development, parenting and postpartum mood disorders. He is married with four great adult children and two wonderful grandchildren and loves to golf and play squash.

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    Kathleen Doukas

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