The Pediatric Sleep Center is Among the Best for Sleep Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment
The Pediatric Sleep Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is one of the leading referral centers in the country. Not only do we treat the most complex sleep cases in infants, children and teens, but we also provide accurate sleep studies for children with special needs or conditions that require more advanced medical care. The leading-edge clinical research conducted by our sleep experts helps us to deliver the latest, most advanced care available for a variety of sleep problems. Additionally, our innovative sleep lab is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Child-Focused Sleep Problems
Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is a full-service children’s hospital. We are continually focused on the special needs of children.
We know that healthy sleep is vital for every child’s optimal mental, emotional and physical development. Yet according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sleep disturbances in some form are seen in as many as 30 percent of all children, and biological clock delays may be seen in more than 10 percent of adolescents. Poor sleep in children can lead to problems such as:
- Behavioral issues
- Daytime sleepiness and chronic fatigue
- Impaired learning
- Poor school performance
- Relationship difficulties
- Worsening of other health problems like hypertension, headaches or chronic pain
- Increased risk of other health problems
- Increased risk for car accidents for teenage drivers
Also, medications taken for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or allergies can result in sleep problems in children.
Common Sleep Disorders in Children
After undergoing a comprehensive sleep evaluation at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center, doctors may diagnose a child with one or more of the following sleep disorders:
In addition, more than 45 percent of teenagers do not get enough sleep, which affects their reaction time, decision-making, memory and mood. It can also put young drivers at an increased risk for car crashes. Teens experience a dramatic shift in the natural sleep/wake cycle, called the circadian rhythm, making it difficult for a good sleep experience. Our sleep experts at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center have exceptional experience in adolescent sleep disorders and pay specific attention to the social, emotional and developmental needs of teens.
Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Recognized pediatric sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy can have many causes. That is why UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in children. In addition to our core Pediatric Sleep Center specialists, other medical specialists may be called upon to help diagnose or treat a child’s sleep disorder, including:
- Allergy and immunologists
- Child life specialists
- Craniofacial specialists
- Development and behavioral pediatricians
- Dentists and orthodontists
- Endocrinologists and specialists in childhood obesity
- Nephrologists (kidney and hypertension)
- Neurologists and/or specialists in children’s epilepsy
- Otolaryngologists (ENT)
- Pulmonologists (lung doctors)
Partnering with the Child’s Doctor
At UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Center, our team of specialists works closely with the child’s pediatrician or primary care provider. We encourage parents to talk openly about the child’s sleep issues with their primary care provider.
A child’s primary care physician may refer a patient to the Pediatric Sleep Center for a diagnostic sleep study, or to see one of our sleep medicine specialists to treat more complex problems, such as the need for breathing support during sleep, or non-respiratory issues such as insomnia, narcolepsy, or unusual behaviors or movements at night.
If a sleep study is conducted, our team will report the results, including treatment recommendations, to both the parents and the child’s primary care doctor.
Although many children will undergo a sleep study or other special testing when referred to the Pediatric Sleep Center, it is not always necessary for every child.