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Could your child be suffering from a sleep disorder? Although many people often associate sleep disorders with adults, studies actually show that sleep disorders are also common in infants, children, and adolescents. Here at Allergy & Asthma Sleep Center of Excellence we understand that restful sleep is vital for your child’s physical and mental health and development. That is why our doctors and medical staff are dedicated to helping your child be properly diagnosed, and then help you choose a treatment plan that addresses his or her individual needs.
What Are Some Common Pediatric Sleep Disorders?
With this disorder, a child persistently struggles to fall asleep and/ or experiences difficulty staying asleep.
This occurs when a child transitions from a deep sleep to a mixture of very light sleep and/or partial wakefulness. Your child will be very confused or disoriented during an episode. A child might mumble during their sleep, sit up in bed, cry inconsolably, or even sleep walk. Children can have one or more of these episodes during the night and often these will occur within the first 2 hours of falling asleep.
Snoring is an indication that your child is experiencing some resistance to the normal path of air from the outside to their lungs. This can lead to a decrease in proper oxygen levels in the body. It causes their sleep to be disrupted and can leave them feeling tired and fatigued.
Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)
Upper airway resistance syndrome is similar to Obstructive Sleep Apnea because soft tissue in the child’s throat relaxes to the extent that the size of their airway is reduced. Children then suffer from disrupted sleep throughout the night and this causes excessive sleepiness during the day.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
This occurs when the child’s airway completely, or partially, collapses repeatedly throughout the night. Softened tissues in the throat relax to the extent that the upper airway is blocked and oxygen levels in the body drop. The child then briefly wakes up to begin breathing normally again. Often children are not aware that a pattern of repeatedly waking up is happening. OSA leads to significant sleepiness and fatigue caused by the interruption in the child’s sleep cycle.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless leg syndrome is an important neurological disorder. Research shows that this can result from certain iron deficiency and abnormal Dopamine (an important neurochemical in the brain that involves sleep and movement). Genetic factors can play a strong role in this disorder.
Often, more children suffer from parasomnias than do adults. They involve abnormal behavior during sleep. It becomes a cause for concern if the child experiences frequent nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking, or sleep terrors. Causes can sometimes be genetic, or the result of brain disorder, or other sleep disorders.
What Are Indications That My Child Has A Sleep Disorder?
Sleep disorders will often present themselves differently in children than in adults. Common symptoms include daytime fatigue and excessive drowsiness, trouble falling asleep, and trouble staying asleep. Behavioral problems, irritability, and difficulties focusing have also been noted.
How Allergy & Asthma Sleep Center of Excellence Can Help?
The trusted professionals here at Allergy & Asthma Sleep Center of Excellence realize that pediatric sleeping disorders can have a serious impact on the entire family. We understand the serious implications that come with a sleeping disorder. Lack of sleep in children is an important issue that must be addressed immediately. Our experienced doctors will take time to discuss with you the concerns you have regarding your child. The doctor will take a full medical history and perform a complete physical exam. We will discuss your child’s social life, any potential stress, academic performance, sleep environment, and any other pertinent information regarding home life. Behavior modification plans and schedules might be discussed to help ensure the best results from a treatment plan. With some sleeping disorders special intervention, medication, or supplements maybe necessary. We want to make sure that we have a complete overall picture of your child’s life and sleep routine. Our trusted pediatric team will then help you choose a treatment plan that allows your child to get healthy, restful, sleep.
Your little one deserves to get the needed amount of healthy sleep each night. Allergy & Asthma Sleep Center of Excellence is dedicated to helping you and your entire family get the kind of sleep our bodies need and deserve. We have 3 convenient locations near you to serve the sleep needs of the whole family. Don’t let another sleepless night go by! Help is right here! Dr. Mayank Shukla, M.D. and the entire staff at Allergy & Asthma Sleep Center of Excellence look forward to hearing from you soon. Call and schedule your appointment today!