At the Pediatric Sleep Medicine Center, part of Cohen Children’s, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep – for your child and for you. When your child is unable to sleep properly, it can impact the entire family. Our highly trained team of dedicated physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists is committed to excellence and has decades of combined experience treating children’s respiratory and non-respiratory sleep issues.
What we treat
We treat a variety of pediatric sleep disorders, including:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Central apnea
- Apnea of infancy/prematurity
- Nocturnal hypoxemia and hypoventilation
- Breathing disorders secondary to cardiac, neurologic and/or gastrointestinal disorders
- Circadian rhythm and sleep-wake schedule disorders
- Periodic limb movement disorder
- Restless leg syndrome
- Rhythmic movement disorders
- Parasomnias (unusual behaviors during sleep including sleep walking, sleep talking, nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting), nightmares sleep terrors, and nocturnal seizures)
We can also address bedtime behavioral issues, which account for many parents’ concerns. We can help with everything from transitioning an infant to sleep through the night to solving difficulties keeping teenagers on a regular routine. Our bedtime behaviors and rituals dictate many of our sleep patterns and habits. For infants, a transitional or comfort object, consistent bedtime patterns and structure provide for the greatest opportunity to develop healthy sleep habits. Likewise, for older children and teenagers, limiting late night television, establishing a nightly routine and reducing night time activities and excitement can be crucial in creating consistency in sleeping and waking rhythms.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
A sleep study is a test commonly requested by sleep physicians, pulmonologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and otolaryngologists. This is an overnight test that your child will undergo at one of our pediatric-friendly sleep laboratories. You and your child will be given a private room with a full-sized bed, restroom, climate control and a television. Bring anything you would need as if you were spending the night at a friend’s house, including your pajamas and toiletry items. You should also bring anything you think will make your child feel more comfortable, such as a special pillow or blanket or a favorite stuffed animal. The test is painless and non-invasive (no needles, bloodwork or medication). We use several monitors to observe brain activity, breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, heart rhythm and movement. The study typically concludes after your child wakes up the following morning.
Our caring team will expertly evaluate your child’s sleep problems. Once diagnosed, an individualized treatment plan will be created for your child. Remember, children experience sleep difficulties and sleep disorders in ways that differ from adults. Not getting enough sleep can have serious consequences for youngsters, and healthy, uninterrupted sleep is crucial to the development of growing bodies and minds.