Pediatric Sleep Disorders

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Healthy sleep is important for growth and development. It helps kids recharge. But sometimes, children have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up. If this happens a lot, it may be a sleep disorder.

Sleep disorders are common among infants, children and adolescents. In addition to being a health concern, these disorders can make it difficult to learn and even cause behavioral issues.

Symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders may include:

  • Abnormal sleep schedules
  • Episodes of turning blue (cyanotic episodes)
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Frequent nightmares or terrors
  • Growth failure or difficulty swallowing
  • Falling asleep during the day(narcolepsy)
  • Noisy breathing or snoring paired with short periods of not breathing (obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Sleepwalking
  • Bedwetting

The Sleep Disorders Center at Lutheran Hospital has a board-certified pediatric sleep medicine physician on staff, as well as technologists specially trained in pediatric sleep disorders. The center is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and treats infants, children, adolescents and adults.

Children referred to the center are evaluated by a pediatric sleep medicine specialist, who will perform a thorough exam. A detailed sleep history, general medical history and complete social history will also be collected.

Recommendations for treatment may include a sleep diagnostic test, which is performed in the lab, behavioral adjustments, surgical intervention or medication. Whatever the recommendation, the center's staff will assist with scheduling, facilitate diagnostic testing and provide follow up as needed.

For additional information on pediatric sleep disorders, call (260) 435-7403(260) 435-7403.