Medicine: Little Neurotics, Awake!

Is your baby neurotic? Does he cry at night, suck his thumb, bang his head against the crib, wet the bed, talk or walk in his sleep? If so, he may be getting too much sleep. This conclusion has been forced on British Child Psychiatrist J. A. McCluskie, long a student of dissatisfied babies.

For a one-year-old, wrote Dr. McCluskie in the medical journal Lancet, twelve hours at night and a 2½-hour morning nap is sleep enough. A three-year-old needs only twelve hours, including nap; a five-year-old, eleven hours; an eleven-year-old, ten hours. A half-hour...

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