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SUNY Downstate Sleep Disorders Center
Children & Sleep Disorders
Children with sleep disorders may exhibit symptoms such as excitability, irritability, difficulty staying focused and poor attention spans. Children with upper airway restriction often snore, have raspy breathing or sound congested while sleeping. Children with chronic snoring should be evaluated for apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children has been linked to growth problems, ADHD, poor school performance, learning difficulties, bedwetting and high blood pressure. Most children who snore do NOT have apnea, but a sleep study is the only reliable way to tell for sure. Since diagnosis and management of pediatric OSA differ from that of adult OSA, it's important to obtain an accurate clinical and sleep laboratory assessment. OSA in children is a serious disorder that if left untreated may result in health problems as well as behavior and academic problems. Although common, OSA often goes unrecognized, but it can usually be easily treated if detected. Symptoms of pediatric OSA should not be ignored.
Common Symptoms Of Pediatric OSA
Sleep Studies for Children
At the Sleep Disorders Center, we perform sleep studies for children during the night as well as during the daytime. If the patient is a minor (under the age of 18), a parent or legal guardian is required to stay with the patient at the Sleep Disorders Center during the testing procedure. The parent/guardian stays in the room with the child. A queen size bed is available for the adult to sleep with the child, but a crib, a large chair and an extra single bed are also available to make you as comfortable as possible.
Tips to Promote Good Sleep