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Treatment for behavioral insomnia in young children with neurotypical development under 6 years of age: A systematic review

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This literature review examines all treatments for behavioral insomnia in children under 6 years of age to determine which treatments have empirically demonstrated efficacy. Following PRISMA guidelines, three databases were investigated (Pubmed, Cochrane and Psychinfo) to select randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which assess treatments for behavioral insomnia in children under 6 years of age, all with neurotypical development. A total of 908 articles met the search criteria. 21 articles were selected and analyzed in their entirety for a total of 2363 children (ranging from 2 months to 6 years of age). Based on these studies, treatment of behavioral insomnia in young children under 6 years of age is primarily based on behavioral therapy. There is no evidence that pharmacological treatments are effective in the long term for neurotypical children. This review highlights the lack of RCTs in this field: new RCTs should be carried out among young children to refine and optimize the therapeutic approach and to address the risk of therapeutic abuse through the use of non-scientifically validated methods.
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hal-04495137 , version 1 (08-03-2024)

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Florian Lecuelle, Wendy Leslie, Marie-Paule Gustin, Patricia Franco, Benjamin Putois. Treatment for behavioral insomnia in young children with neurotypical development under 6 years of age: A systematic review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 2024, 74, pp.101909. ⟨10.1016/j.smrv.2024.101909⟩. ⟨hal-04495137⟩
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