Is your infant or preschool child getting enough sleep? A new study shows that lack of sleep can be a significant factor in childhood obesity.
A new study released in September issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine studied 1930 children ages 0-13 years. The researchers found that over 30% of the children were obese or overweight and there was a correlation with sleep habits.
This is not the only study implying there is a connection with younger children sleep habits and weight gain.
So how much sleep does your child need each night. And remember, this is straight nighttime sleep, naps during the day does not seem to be a good substitute for a good night's rest. This might surprise you!
1-4 Weeks Old: 15 - 16 hours per day
1-4 Months Old: 14 - 15 hours per day
1-3 Years Old: 12 - 14 hours per day
4-12 Months Old: 14 - 15 hours per day
3-6 Years Old: 10 - 12 hours per day
7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day
12-18 Years Old: 8 - 9 hours per day
(source for recommended hours: WebMD)
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