Adults aren't the only ones who can suffer from sleep disorders. In fact, children can also suffer from pediatric sleep disorders.
Our Sleep Care Center treats children of all ages, although any child under the age of 18 must have a parent accompany them for the nighttime sleep study. Sleeping accommodations are made available to the parent.
How do you know if your child is suffering from a sleep disorder?
Young children can suffer from a variety of pediatric sleep disorders, including:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
Signs & Symptoms
The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that 3% of children aged 2-8 have obstructive sleep apnea. These children may snore with intermittent pauses, gasps, or snorts, stop breathing for brief intervals during sleep, and experience restless sleep, sweating, and recurrent bedwetting.
Another major sign to look for in diagnosing a sleep disorder is hyperactivity. Adults who go without sleep can be sluggish the following day, but many children with a sleep disorder are hyperactive. Consequently, they could potentially be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Treatment of the sleep disorder can lead to significantly improved school performance and a decrease in hyperactivity.
Improper weight gain may also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea as these children actually burn extra calories at night trying to breathe.
If you think that your child would benefit from a sleep study or consultation with our sleep specialist, please contact our Sleep Care Center at 203.694.5415.