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What are Pediatric Sleep Disorders?

Sleep problems that have the potential to affect a child’s cognitive, emotional and physical health.

Some of the common sleep disorders are: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, bedtime resistance, circadian clock abnormalities, Nightmares, Night terrors, Sleep Walking, Bedwetting, Restless Legs Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movement Disorder and more.

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Signs & Symptoms Of Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Below are some potential signs and symptoms that your child may have a sleep disorder:

  • Snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Bedwetting
  • Troubles waking up in the morning
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Daytime inattention
  • Learning problems
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Chronic headaches
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Why Seek Help for a Pediatric Sleep Disorder

A sleep disorder might cause significant co-morbidities that can affect your child’s cognitive, emotional and physical well being. If present throughout childhood and into adulthood, sleep disorders are associated with considerable cardiovascular abnormalities including hypertension, higher chances of having a stroke and myocardial infarcts.

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How We Treat Sleep Disorders in Children

The Center for Sleep Medicine uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment for children with a variety of sleep problems. Our staff includes specialists from pediatrics and clinical psychology with expertise in medical and behavioral sleep medicine.

During your care with our team, you and your child will meet with a pediatric sleep physician. This is done in order to screen for underlying medical problems and to determine whether there is a need to perform diagnostic tests like a night time sleep study. The sleep physician will pursue the appropriate treatment for physical sleep related conditions, if found.

If required, a course of therapy with the behavioral sleep specialist will focus on your child’s sleep difficulties. This therapy is highly individualized and efficient in treating sleep difficulties that can be improved behaviorally.

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Children High Risk For Sleep Problems

Some children run a higher risk of others to have sleep problems, this includes:

  • Spinal cord injuries or tumors
  • Diabetes or other medical conditions
  • Mental health issues
  • Sleep apnea or breathing difficulties that disrupt sleep
  • Sleep-related eating disorders close (SRED)
  • Uremia, or buildup of waste products in the blood from malfunctioning kidneys
  • Pregnancy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
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