Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s Assistant Chief of Pediatrics Dr. David W. Jones Shares His Best Advice

Dr. David W. JonesDr. David W. Jones from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia shares his best advice  about sleep.

How much sleep do kids really need? 

Ensuring that your child has a consistent bedtime routine and gets and adequate amount of sleep is important. Preschoolers should get 11 to 12 hours of sleep, school-age children need at least 10 hours, and teens should aim for nine to 10 hours.

How can parents tell if their child isn’t getting enough sleep? 

Mood swings, headaches and drowsiness during the day are common signs of sleep deficiency. Some children may become inattentive, experience feelings of sadness or depression, or earn lower grades in school due to lack of sleep.

Are naps a good idea for kids after school? 

Naps are a natural part of sleep for toddlers and preschool-aged children. If an older child needs a nap, it may be an indication that their nighttime sleep is inadequate or interrupted.

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