What to look for in a Pediatric Sleep Center
Children require special attention when undergoing sleep studies so be sure to choose a sleep center with specific pediatric expertise in childhood and adolescent sleep disorders.
Parents need to be aware of the following when finding a sleep center appropriate for their child:
The Sleep Physician should have experience in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the pediatric sleep patient. This includes communication with a young child as well as, a teenager.
Technicians should be specially trained in pediatric sleep studies. Even more specifically, they should be experts in calming the fears of anxious young patients, in providing quality, kid-focused care, all in the comfort of a relaxed, non-threatening environment.
Choose a center that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), and specializes in pediatric sleep disorders including:
- Breathing problems such as snoring and sleep apnea
- Nightmares/Night terrors
- Problems falling asleep and staying asleep
- Excessive sleepiness and trouble waking
- Teen sleep problems
- Sleep walking
Once you’ve found the ideal sleep center, there are a few things to be aware of. Sleep studies for children are 9-10 hours long. During a child’s sleep study a parent is required to stay in the facility. Parents of young children can stay in the same room, parents of older children may stay in another bedroom. Parents are encouraged to bring any item that may make your child more comfortable, such as a favorite stuffed animal, book or DVD.
For more information about our Pediatric Program or to schedule an appointment for your child with one of our Sleep Specialist Physicians, call 800-226-6084 or 515-225-0188.
Written by Barbara Zorn, RN, MSN.