ORLEANS – Many parents have questions about their child’s sleep problems,
primarily after 6 p.m. when professional assistance is not readily available,
according to an abstract presented Oct. 21 at the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans.
abstract, “An iPhone Application for Infant and Toddler Sleep: Characteristics
and Concerns of Users,” reviewed information from nearly 8,000 users of a free
iPhone app designed to aid sleep in young children. Of those users, 365 (4.6
percent of 8,000 users) submitted a question to an “Ask the Expert” feature
over a three-month period.
app users were typically mothers (69 percent) with an average age of 28. Their
children were primarily infants (68 percent of children were age 3 to 11
months), followed by toddlers (2- percent of children were age 12 to 36 months)
and newborns (12 percent were age 0-2 months).
most frequent questions involved night wakings (22.7 percent), sleep problems
(22.2 percent) and general sleep (21.9 percent). Less frequently, questions
related to napping (15.3 percent), bedtime (13.4 percent) and sleep safety (4.4
percent). Questions were most frequently submitted between midnight and 6 a.m.
(37 percent) and 6 p.m. and midnight (22 percent).
results found that the most common questions that parents ask pertain to sleep
problems and night waking,” said study author Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D. “These
questions are most often submitted in the evening and even overnight – times
when professional help is typically not available.”
has shown that behaviorally based interventions are highly effective for infant
and toddler sleep disturbances, and yet they do require personal contact with a
trained professional,” Mindell said. “As a result many children go untreated.”
the iPhone application provides widespread access to some assistance for
families, the study supports the need for greater accessibility to health, and
in particular, sleep-related information.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary
care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical
specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants,
children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.