Pediatric Sleep Disorders Treatment Center Q&A
Pediatric sleep disorders are conditions that can manifest in infants, children, and adolescents and are characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and possible sleep deprivation. If your child is suffering from sleep disorders, come to Koala® Centers For Sleep & TMJ Disorders and talk to our providers. For more information, call us or visit us online to book an appointment. We have convenient locations across the U.S. in Bloomington IL, Peoria/Dunlap IL, Lafayette IN, Mishawaka IN, Kansas City MO, El Paso TX, and Wausau WI.
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What are the most common sleep disorders in children?
What are the signs of a sleeping disorder in children?
How are pediatric sleep disorders treated?
When should I see a professional for sleep problems?
Sleep disorders can have serious physical and mental health effects that can interfere with a child’s development. It is essential for parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders in order to recognize and address any issues as early as possible. In recent years, research has increased our understanding of the causes and treatments for pediatric sleep disorders, which is a positive step forward for affected children and their families.
Sleep disorders in children are a growing concern among parents and medical professionals alike. While adults can suffer from many of the same sleep issues as children, such as insomnia and sleep apnea, children are more prone to different issues, such as night terrors and parasomnias. One of the most common sleep disorders among children is primary insomnia, which is difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep. Other common issues include bruxism, snoring, and sleep apnea. Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, is another sleep problem common in childhood.
Disordered sleeping in children is often made evident by the following signs:
– Problems with bedtime — Also described as poor sleep routine (or poor sleep hygiene), any problems with bedtime, such as dealing with a child’s stalling, tantrums, and other resistance to going to sleep, can be a sign of a sleeping disorder.
– Difficulties falling asleep — Problems falling asleep may be the result of consistent improper sleep hygiene practices, or if an infant or child does not learn self-calming.
– Night waking or difficulties staying asleep — Waking up during the night or trouble falling back asleep can be the result of external stimuli, such as loud noises or bright lights. It may even be caused by internal stimuli, such as hunger or intense emotions.
– Excessive daytime sleepiness — Often caused by sleep deprivation, excessive daytime sleepiness is typically observed in adolescents who do not receive adequate quality sleep.
The treatments for pediatric sleep disorders can vary significantly from one situation to the next, depending on several factors, such as:
– The type of sleep disorder
– How long it has been causing problems
– Its impact on quality of life
– History of treatments
When treating pediatric patients, the vast majority of doctors will always use non-invasive, low-risk and non-pharmaceutical therapies first, and if there is no benefit, they will then try other methods. Sleep apnea is often culpable for childhood sleeping problems, and treatments like TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), MAD (mandibular advancement devices), and oral appliances are often used and have a high success rate. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) may also be used in the treatment of childhood sleep apnea, although this is only used in moderate to severe cases.
There are many signs and symptoms that indicate the need for seeing a sleep doctor, including:
– You have a sleep disorder, such as:
restless legs syndrome (RLS)
– You are losing sleep due to:
mood disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder)
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
– You have excessive daytime sleepiness
– You fall asleep at unusual times
– You snore regularly while you sleep
– You fight restless legs during bedtime
– You lose muscle control while awake
– You are sleeping too much
If your child is having trouble falling asleep, come to Koala® Centers For Sleep & TMJ Disorders today! With our seven US locations, we serve patients from all across the country: we have one in Kansas City, MO; one in El Paso, TX; one in Wausau, WI; one in Lafayette, IN; one in Mishawaka, IN; one in Bloomington, IL; and one in Peoria – Dunlap, IL. Schedule an appointment at any of our locations today to receive high quality care from top-rated dedicated sleep team. We look forward to serving you!