Pediatric Sleep Disorders
Although sleeping disorders are common in infants, children and adolescents, they are not the same as for adults. Adults can suffer from complex sleeping disorders, but children commonly have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up. More specifically, these disorders include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea, characterized by noisy breathing or snoring and frequent sleep-related arousal
- Night terrors
- Sleep walking
- Sleep-phase shifts
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Frequent night-time awakenings
- Head banging and rocking
The Sleep Disorders Center at Lutheran Hospital, which is fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, treats infants, children and adolescents. The center has a board-certified pediatric sleep physician on staff as well as technologists specially trained in pediatric sleep disorders.
Children referred to the center are evaluated by a board-certified pediatric sleep physician. A comprehensive outpatient appointment is scheduled at which a detailed sleep history, a general medical history and a complete social history are obtained and a psychological and development screening and a physical examination are performed.
Recommendations for treatment may be a sleep diagnostic test, which is performed in the lab, behavioral adjustments, surgical intervention or medications. Whatever the recommendation, the center's staff will assist with scheduling, facilitate diagnostic testing and provide follow up where appropriate.