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RESEARCH

IN THE FIELD OF PAEDIATRIC SLEEP

Infant sleep training provides significant benefits

Recommended guidelines exist for the treatment of night waking in infants, and sleep training strategies recommended have a solid evidence base for improving infant sleep. 

A randomised control trial has identified sustained improvements in sleep onset and reduced night wakings have been found for several treatment groups, but not for controlled groups. 

Rest easy with infant sleep training

Several randomised control trials have shown that infants and children who participate in a sleep training program benefit compared to those who do not participate, with no adverse effects observed after 5 years. 

Additionally, maternal mood scales were found to be significantly improved following the sleep training program. 

Comparing the harms and benefits of sleep training

An initial study investigating the effectiveness of sleep training interventions found that sleep programs are able to successfully reduce infant sleep problems and associated maternal depression. 

A five year follow up has also since concluded that the strategies used within the sleep training program do not result in any harm to the child or the child-parent relationship.