THE GUIDANCE given concerning sleep in the Well Child Clinic is similar to that given for eating, so far as general principles are concerned. Patterns of sleep at each age are discussed, changes are predicted, and mothers are helped to understand the individuality of the child's needs for sleep. Thus, as is true in other phases of development, mothers are helped to understand the child's progress, the primary purpose being to prevent serious problems from arising.
This study of sleep is based on information given by mothers during an interview; actual times of going to bed and getting up were not checked by a trained observer, just as in the study on eating, amounts of food eaten were not measured. Data were obtained on amount of sleep, sleeping arrangements, bedtime routines, and types of problems.
Table 1 gives the data on the total amount of sleep.
Since no significant sex
ROBERTS KE, SCHOELLKOPF JA. EATING, SLEEPING, AND ELIMINATION PRACTICES OF A GROUP OF TWO-AND-ONE-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN: III. Sleeping Practices. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(2):132–136. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040141003
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