European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 34–40

The use of clonidine for severe and intractable sleep problems in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

A case series
ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION

DOI: 10.1007/s00787-005-0424-4

Cite this article as:
Ingrassia, A. & Turk, J. Europ.Child & Adolescent Psych (2005) 14: 34. doi:10.1007/s00787-005-0424-4

Abstract

This paper reports on the use of clonidine for the treatment of severe sleep problems associated with behavioural difficulties in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Data were obtained from reviewing the case notes of a series of six children with neurodevelopmental disorders of different nature and severity, presenting with problematic sleep. All children in this group showed maintained improvements in their sleep pattern following the use of clonidine with only mild side-effects reported.

Key words

clomidineneurodevelopmental disordersleep problemsADHD

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, Adolescent Assertive Outreach Team, ASH CorridorSpringfield HospitalTooting, London SW17 7DJUK
  2. 2.Dept. of Clinical Developmental SciencesSt. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of LondonUK