Sleep Disorders in Low-Risk Preterm Infants and Toddlers

Domenico Marco Maurizio Romeo, Chiara Arpaia, Maria Rosaria Lala, Giorgia Cordaro, Francesca Gallini, Giovanni Vento, Eugenio Maria Mercuri, Antonio Chiaretti

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Sleep disorders are particularly important in the development of children, affecting the emotional, behavioural, and cognitive spheres. The incidence of these disorders has been assessed in different types of populations, including patients with a history of premature birth, who, from the literature data, would seem to have an increased incidence of sleep disorders at school age. The aims of the present study are: (i.) to assess the presence of sleep disorders in a population of very preterm infants at 6–36 months who are at low risk of neurological impairments using the Italian version of the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) adapted for this age group, and (ii.) to identify possible differences from a control group of term-born infants. A total of 217 low-risk preterm and 129 typically developing infants and toddlers were included in the study. We found no differences in the SDSC total and the factor scores between these two populations of infants. Low-risk preterm infants and toddlers showed similar incidences of sleep disorders to their term-born peers. Further clinical assessments will be needed to confirm these data at school age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personalized Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • SDSC
  • infants
  • preterm
  • sleep disorders
  • toddlers


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