Long-term outcomes of techniques used to manage sleep disturbance in the under-5s

Mancz, Gilly and Wigley, Wendy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7778-9818 (2017) Long-term outcomes of techniques used to manage sleep disturbance in the under-5s. Journal of Health Visiting, 5 (1). pp. 16-24. ISSN 2050-8719

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Health visitors identify and support families coping with infant sleep disturbances; however, conflict in the literature may affect professional confidence in managing sleep issues. Sleep disturbance is common in the under-5s and is linked to negative outcomes for the child and their families. Behavioural interventions, such as ‘extinction’, controlled crying and gradual retreat, are the recommended treatments. Contemporary understanding of neuroscience questions the use of such interventions due to their potential impact on attachment and development. This article reviews the literature to ascertain the success of behavioural interventions, the impact on maternal mood and infant mental health, and considers parental perspectives on the controlled crying technique. The key implications and recommendations for health visiting practice are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12968/johv.2017.5.1.16
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of Health Visiting, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.12968/johv.2017.5.1.16
Keywords: Infant, Sleep disturbance, Psychological, Parenting, Health visitor
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health > Mental health
Medicine and health > Nursing > Nursing practice
Medicine and health > Child health
Depositing User: Wendy Wigley
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 11:19
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:52
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3459


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