Is your kid getting enough shut-eye?
Kids who are overly tired may not always appear sleepy or sluggish. Instead, many parents report that the child becomes “overactive” or “high” in the evenings and they have difficulty falling asleep at bedtime, says Dr Theodric Lee, a paediatrician at Thomson Paediatric Centre.
The amount of sleep every child needs at different ages:
• Newborns (below two months) 14 to 16 hours (including naps) • Babies (two to 12 months) 12 to 14 hours (including naps) • Toddlers (one to three years) 11 to 13 hours (including naps) • Preschoolers (three to six years) 10 to 12 hours (including naps) • Primary-schooler (six to 12 years) 9 to 11 hours