How to help children with anxiety sleep better
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari
1w ago
This is a recent article from my newsletter on the role parental behavior plays in helping kids with anxiety sleep better (or keeps them struggling). If you find this useful, please feel free to subscribe below. I recently recorded a new episode of The Sleep Edit where Arielle and I interviewed Dr. Danielle Garay (which will come out in a month or so. In preparation, I reread Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD by Eli Lebowitz. It’s a terrific book if you have a child who struggles with these issues. It’s also a wonderful parenting book in general, because it gets into the concept of parent ..read more
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New podcast episode – Stop the night wakings part 2
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari MD
2w ago
In this information-packed episode of The Sleep Edit podcast, I spoke with my good friend and sleep consultant Arielle Greenleaf to tackle one of the most common pediatric sleep challenges – night wakings. There was so much to cover this is actually the second part of our series on this topic. As a pediatric sleep specialist and author, I see many tired parents struggling with frequent overnight awakenings, early morning rises, and losing sleep themselves trying to soothe their kids back to sleep. Arielle and I covered all aspects of night wakings including: *Guidelines on necessary vs unnec ..read more
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Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari, Craig Canapari, MD
1M ago
Welcome to 'The Sleep Edit,' where Dr. Craig Canapari and Arielle Greenleaf bring clarity to your child's sleep challenges. Dive into discussions on common sleep questions and gain evidence-based advice tailored for parents, pediatricians, and educators. This podcast is your resource for fostering better sleep habits, featuring expert perspectives and special guests. Join us on a journey to ensure restful nights for your family. — Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thesleepedit/message ..read more
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Camping Out Sleep Training: A Gentle Technique That Works
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari
7M ago
If your child is struggling with sleep (either problems fall asleep, or staying asleep) they may benefit from sleep training. Cry-it-out (also known as CIO or extinction sleep training) is the most famous flavor of sleep training. It definitely works (and entails less crying than parents think) it’s not for everyone. “Camping out” sleep training, also known as the “chair method”, “sleep lady shuffle” or extinction with parental presence, is a technique work well for families who want to stay with their child during the training process. What Is Camping Out Sleep Training? Like all sleep train ..read more
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Vacation “Sleep”: How to Maximize Shut-Eye While On The Move
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari MD
7M ago
Sadly, I’m not on vacation right now. I hope you are.  Dealing with jet lag, figuring out sleeping arrangements, and working around everyone’s schedule can be challenging. I thought that I would share my best sleep travel tips for kids and parents to get more sleep while traveling.  Right now I’m about 50 yards from the beach on Long Island, and enjoying some time quiet time (e.g. watching the Yankees and listening to the kids play). Vacation used to be a really challenging time with our boys. Witness the usual view from the foot of my bed at approx ..read more
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Toddler Early Morning Awakenings: What To Do About Them
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari MD
11M ago
Toddler early morning awakenings are one of the most challenging sleep problems for parents to deal with. They can also be a big problem in preschoolers.  Fortunately, you can get your child to sleep later. Here’s how. When I meet other parents socially, there is one question I get asked more than any other. “Why does my child get up so early in the morning?“ and, more pressingly, “What can I do about it?” I’m going to talk about toddlers and preschoolers here (1-5 years of age). Free Bonus: I’ve created a special guide on how to deal with excessive earlier risers with ..read more
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Is Room Sharing in Infancy Necessary for Safe Sleep in 2023?
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari
1y ago
Room sharing but not bed sharing is recommend in the first six months of life for safe sleep and avoiding accidental death in infants. However, for some parents, this may result in unsafe sleep practices. Here’s what you need to know. In June of 2022, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their safe sleep recommendations . This statement reinforced much of what we already knew about how babies should sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS) and addressed other causes of death in infancy— specifically accidental suffocation. According to the AAP, The best way f ..read more
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Want to Stop Co-sleeping? Here’s How
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari
1y ago
Crawling into bed with your child after a long day can be comforting. But this habit might interfere with her ability to sleep alone. Learn how to transition a child out of your bed and stop co-sleeping for good, even if your child has always slept with you. In an earlier post, I reviewed reasons why you might want to avoid co-sleeping, because of SIDS risk in infancy, and the fact that it can be associated with poor sleep as children get older. What is Co-sleeping? Co-sleeping is simply sharing a bed with your child. Some would argue that it is imprecise, and that “bedsharing ..read more
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Melatonin Overdoses Are On The Rise: Why Parents Should Worry
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari
1y ago
A recent study shows that melatonin overdoses have risen a whopping 530% in the last ten years, with a more rapid rise since the COVID-19 pandemic began. As a parent and a sleep physician, this is concerning to me. Parent who give their children melatonin need to be aware of the risks. Here’s what parents need to know. The study: The study, Pediatric Melatonin Ingestions— United States, 2012-2021 (Lelak, K., 2022. Pediatric Melatonin Ingestions — United States, 2012–2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 71. https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7122a1) was published 6/3/2022. In it, the authors reviewed p ..read more
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Why Permanent Daylight Saving Time is a Terrible Idea for Kids
Craig Canapari, MD
by Craig Canapari
1y ago
As a sleep doctor and parent, I think that permanent daylight saving is a terrible idea for kids. Here’s some information on why this is event being considered.  Several months ago, in a rare bipartisan move, the Senate has passed a bill, with little warning or debate, called the Sunshine Protection Act. It’s notable that this was put forward by Vern Buchanan, a Florida representative. It’s worth noting that Florida is a state where people can actually spend outside on evening in the winter if the sun is out. What is the argument for changing to permanent DST? It’s pretty clear that ..read more
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