Pediatric Disorders & Sleep Problems

The Pediatric Sleep Center is Among the Best for Sleep Studies for Children with Pediatric Disorders

Our board-certified pediatric specialists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are among the most qualified for diagnosing and treating sleep problems for children with pediatric disorders such as autism and Down syndrome. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital among the top children’s hospitals in the nation. As a full-service children’s hospital, we are constantly focused on the special needs of infants, children and teens.

At the Pediatric Sleep Center, we treat the most complex sleep cases related many pediatric conditions, as well as provide accurate sleep studies for children with tracheostomies. We provide the very latest advancements in medical treatments for childhood snoring and sleep apnea, serious conditions that cause breathing to stop frequently during sleep.

Our team treats sleep problems in children with a variety of pediatric disorders, including:

Snoring and Pediatric Disorders

Sleep problems such as trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or early morning waking, are common in children with autism, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome and other pediatric disorders. Our qualified sleep specialists at UH Pediatric Sleep Center can evaluate and treat a child with the following nighttime symptoms:

Also, if any child with a pediatric disorder has the following conditions, they are at increased risk for snoring:

If left untreated, over time snoring can result in more serious problems in children, including:

  • Attention problems
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Growth issues
  • Heart problems
  • Learning difficulties

Comprehensive Sleep Studies and Sleep Apnea

Any child or teen with a pediatric disorder who snores should undergo a more thorough sleep study to determine their risk for sleep apnea. Apnea occurs during sleep when the child’s breathing starts and stops. This stoppage of breathing is caused when the throat narrows or even closes during sleep. Children with sleep apnea may be drowsy during the daytime hours or hyperactive.

Our trained experts provide comprehensive and comfortable sleep studies at night for children who are at risk for sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. Sleep technicians fully monitor the sleep test and breathing patterns in children, even those with complicated medical issues. One parent is allowed to stay with the child during the overnight sleep test, and our team works with the family to ensure that this is a comfortable, non-threatening experience for the child.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Because children with autism, Down syndrome, craniofacial disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome and other pediatric disorders have different health issues, the Pediatric Sleep Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to make a diagnosis and treat the sleep disorder. We work alongside the following board-certified specialists to diagnose and treat a child’s sleep disorder, including:

  • Behavioral pediatricians
  • Craniofacial specialists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Neonatologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Neurologists
  • Otolaryngologists (ENT)
  • Psychiatrists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Child life specialists

Additionally, we work with University Hospitals dentists and physicians to help treat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

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