Baby sleep problems: Does your baby suffer from GERD, a milk allergy, or snoring?

© 2008 – 2014 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved According to sleep researchers, most ongoing baby sleep problems are caused by behavioral factors (France and Blampied 1999). You can read more about these behavioral factors–and how to change the—in this scientific guide to solving common baby sleep problems. But some sleep problems are caused Read More »

Sleep requirements in children: An evidence-based guide

What are your child’s personal sleep requirements? Even the experts don’t know for sure. Sleep has a big impact on our well-being, so it’s understandable that parents want to know if their kids are getting enough. Recent research suggests that something as simple as a well-timed nap makes a difference in how much preschoolers learn Read More »

What is SIDS? An overview for the science-minded parent

© 2009 -2014, Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved What is SIDS? Scientists can offer only partial answers. But we know this much: SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, seems to involve a failure to arouse from sleep during a life-threatening event–like a severe episode of sleep apnea or esophageal reflux (Franco et al 2004). Read More »

SIDS prevention: Hypotheses about reducing risk

© 2009 – 2013 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Guidelines for “SIDS prevention” are like guidelines about cancer prevention. Researchers don’t claim they know how to prevent SIDS in any given individual. But they’ve identified a number of practices that appear to increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Practices to AVOID include: Read More »