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University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center adds pediatric sleep medicine to Sleep Center services

Friday, September 13, 2013

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital specialist will see patients in Geauga County

GEAUGA COUNTY – University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center is now scheduling clinical consultations for its new pediatric sleep medicine services from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. The expanded capabilities enhance the expertise offered at the hospital’s Sleep Center, which to date has been assessing and diagnosing sleep disorders in adults at its state-of-the-art lab on the hospital’s campus, located at 13221 Ravenna Road in Chardon.

Carol L. Rosen, MD, Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, will see patients once a month beginning in early October. Dr. Rosen will assess, diagnose and treat patients ranging in ages from infancy to young adult. Her specialization encompasses the complete range of sleep problems in children, including sleep apnea; snoring; excessive daytime sleepiness and narcolepsy; nighttime awakenings and breathing problems; insomnia; sleep terrors and sleepwalking; restless legs; and wake-sleep schedule issues.

“Snoring, sleep apnea and not getting a good night’s sleep are associated with attention, behavioral and learning problems in children,” says Dr. Rosen, a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Excessive daytime sleepiness may be a symptom of a disorder like narcolepsy, which can appear first in childhood but is often not diagnosed until adulthood. Insomnia is also a big problem in children, but sleeping pills are rarely the answer. Schedule and lifestyle changes are often all that are needed.”

Many childhood sleep problems are very common and treatable but also under-recognized, so the key is to make the right diagnosis. “Management of sleep problems is different for children than adults,” says Dr. Rosen, who holds board certifications in pediatrics, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine. “For example, treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in children is often the removal of the tonsils and adenoids, while Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the first line of treatment for adults. CPAP treatment can be used successfully in children as well, but this is best accomplished working with someone who has that expertise.”

UH Geauga Medical Center complements Dr. Rosen’s expertise with a child-friendly staff of experienced, certified sleep technicians. “The arrival of Dr. Carol Rosen is a huge boost to our ability to care for pediatric sleep disorders in the Geauga County community,” says Samuel Friedlander, MD, Medical Director, the Sleep Center at UH Geauga Medical Center. “We are fortunate to have this world-renowned expert expand our close-to-home medical care for office visits and sleep disorder testing in children.”

“The pediatric sleep medicine program at UH Geauga Medical Center has the full backup and support of the Rainbow team, and I look forward to collaborating with this community’s family physicians and pediatricians,” says Dr. Rosen. “Our goal is to identify treatable sleep problems and make a positive difference in the quality of life for children and families.”

To schedule a pediatric sleep medicine appointment with Dr. Carol L. Rosen at the Sleep Center at UH Geauga Medical Center, call UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Central Scheduling at 216-844-7700.

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