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Infantile insomnia is defined as a difficulty falling or staying asleep and is characterised differently during a child’s development.1
Poor sleep is common in infants. It is perfectly normal that newborns will not have full night of sleep before they reach 3 months of age.2
What causes insomnia in infants?
In older infants, Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) may cause infantile insomnia.1 In most cases, the causes of insomnia are environmental factors; however, in some cases sleep problems are due to an underlying medical condition.
Insomnia as a symptom of Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy
Infants with clinically evident CMPA may suffer from symptoms of insomnia. When no evident causes for chronic insomnia can be found in an infant, the possibility of a CMPA should be given serious consideration.3,4
Signs and symptoms related to CMPA
The majority of infants affected with CMPA have at least two symptoms affecting at least two different organ systems.5,6
Having an awareness of the most common symptoms of CMPA can help you to make an earlier diagnosis of CMPA in your patients.
1. Nunes ML. and Cavalcante V. J Pediatr (Rio J). 2005;81(4):277–86
2. Newborn-Sleep Patterns. Stanford Children’s Health http://www.stanfordchildrens.org (Accessed February 2016)
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4. Kahn A ., et al. Pediatrics. 1985;76:6:880–4
5. Lifschitz C. and Szajewska H. Eur J Pediatr. 2015;174:141–50
6. Høst A. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 1994;5:1–36