When kids have problems sleeping

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KidAwakeBy Laura Barnhardt Cech

Adriana Vieco couldn't really relate to the sleep exhaustion that mothers of infants often feel — that is, until her son was 4 and a half.

"He went from sleeping from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. to getting up at 8, 11, 1 and 3. We didn't know what to do," says Vieco, a Kensington trial lawyer about her son's sudden problem sleeping.

Nico had become scared of the dark, but fearing that he wasn't getting quality sleep, Vieco had turned off the light and music in her son's room so they wouldn't become a crutch.

When Nico would wake in the night, he turned on all the lights in the house. It escalated to the point where Vieco and her husband turned off the electrical breaker. "It was crazy," she says.

Vieco is hardly the only parent left exhausted and concerned by a child's problems sleeping.

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