One in ten parents in the Netherlands feels there is a problem with their baby's sleep. Healthy sleep is very important for children and parents. Because of the many questions asked by parents, professionals are in need of clear guidelines. The guideline 'Healthy sleep and sleep problems in children', provided by the Dutch centre for youth health (NCJ, Nederlands Centrum Jeugdgezondheid) provides information on promoting healthy sleep behaviour and sleep interventions. We argue in this article that: (a) parents may have doubts about the recommended interventions; (b) the interventions are often not compatible with the concept of 'sensitive parenting'; and (c) the guideline does not include all possible interventions. We are pleading for a broadening of the spectrum of interventions. It is in the interest of parents as well as infants that interventions aimed at the needs of the infant are included in the spectrum of sleep interventions being offered.
|Translated title of the contribution||Sleep problems in young children: a plea to broaden the spectrum of interventions|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Mar 2020|