Pediatric Sleep Disorders
The following describes sleep disorders in children. For specific information regarding your child’s health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
Is your child having trouble sleeping?
If your child is having trouble sleeping or is snoring abnormally loudly, he or she may be referred to the Hurley Sleep Diagnostic Center. Hurley Medical Center is one of only a few Accredited Sleep Laboratories in the area. It is also one of the few where pediatric sleep studies are interpreted by pediatric sleep specialists. Depending upon the symptoms and suspected condition, your child may be scheduled for one or two nights of testing at the Sleep Center. Or, in the case of narcolepsy, daytime testing may be recommended.
What is a Sleep Laboratory?
At the sleep laboratory, our qualified sleep technologists use sophisticated equipment to conduct a range of tests that measure your child’s sleep patterns, breathing, heart activity and body movements throughout the testing period.
After the tests, our technologists submit detailed written reports of the studies to our physicians (all of whom are board certified in Sleep Medicine). These highly skilled physicians make a proper diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment. Our registered sleep technicians then work with your child to make appropriate arrangements, including accessing needed equipment and follow-up treatment.
We work with your physicians
In addition to testing children in order to diagnose potential sleep problems, we work with physicians to assess treatment results. For example, for patients with sleep apnea, we will conduct observational and electronic testing of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), refer them to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician (or otolaryngologist) or to Hurley’s MRI center for further evaluation. We reevaluate patients already on CPAP when symptoms reoccur, or when a patient experiences health and/or weight changes.