Managing sleep problems in children with learning disabilities: the nursing role
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Managing sleep problems in children with learning disabilities: the nursing role

Louise Bull-Tyagi Senior mental health practitioner learning disabilities, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Forward Thinking Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, England

Sleep problems in children with learning disabilities are common and affect their health and learning, and the health and well-being of their parents and carers. The use of melatonin in this population is growing, but research on its efficacy and safety is conflicting. This article discusses the role of learning disability nurses in supporting children with learning disabilities with sleep problems, describes the prevalence and relevance of sleep issues, introduces some behavioural interventions and gives an overview of the use of melatonin.

Learning Disability Practice. 20, 6, 20-23. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2017.e1871


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Received: 24 May 2017

Accepted: 04 September 2017

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