Sleep disorders in children and teens
When your child has a sleep disorder, it can affect your child’s physical and emotional health. At the Studer Family Children's Hospital Sleep Center in Pensacola, Florida, your child and family have access to diagnostic testing and a multispecialty care team experienced in treating sleep disorders in newborns to age 21. The Studer Family Children's Hospital Sleep Center is accredited with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Studer Family Children's Hospital Sleep Center medicine doctors listen to understand your concerns about your child’s breathing, napping and nightly sleep routine. Then, we work with you to create a care plan that helps improve their quality of sleep. Our care team provides diagnostic sleep studies designed for children. These tests help determine if your child has a sleep disorder and if it may be affecting your child’s heart, lungs and brain.
Symptoms of a sleep disorder may include excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, behavior problems and learning difficulties. Our pediatric sleep doctors specialize in treatments for pediatric sleep disorders, including:
- Behavioral insomnia
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Parasomnias (sleep walking, sleep talking, terrors)
- Restless leg syndrome
Treatments for children with sleep disorders
Our doctor and nurse deliver a personalized care plan for your child’s needs. Treating a pediatric sleep disorder is different than treatments for adult sleep apnea and other types of sleep conditions. We provide a range of tests and treatment options, including:
Daytime sleepiness testing (MSLT)
- Daytime sleep study of positive airway pressure ( PAP-NAPS))
- Home sleep study testing
- Measure and adjust CPAP/BiPAP air pressure
- Nighttime sleep seizure monitoring
- Obstructive sleep study (Auto SV)
- Oxygen evaluation testing
- Sleep study (polysomnography recording)
- Wakefulness testing (MWT)
- Ventilatory treatment both air volume and pressure study (AVAPS)
Some sleep disorders may be related to other physical or emotional health conditions. If your child needs additional care, we connect your family with specialists at Studer Family Children’s Hospital that supports your child’s needs.
National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification
Studer Family Children’s Hospital Supports Safe Sleep for Infants
Awarded “Gold Safe Sleep Champion Certification”
Cribs for Kids’ describes the “National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program recognizes hospitals and hospital systems for their commitment to infant safe sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB), SIDS, and unsafe sleep injuries. The program confers a bronze, silver, and gold designation to hospitals that model and teach infant safe sleep according to current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) best practices outlined in the Cribs for Kids Certification Manual and Hospital Certification Toolkit.”
Best Practices for Safe Sleep
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides the following education and guidance to parents and caregivers on safe sleep practices. According to AAP’s Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment, “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is a term used to describe any sudden and unexpected death, whether explained or unexplained, occurring during infancy.” Guidance for safe sleeping includes these recommendations:
- Place infants on their backs for sleep in their own sleep space with no other people.
- Use a crib, bassinet, or portable play yard with a firm, flat mattress and a fitted sheet. Avoid sleeping on a couch or armchair or in a seating device, like a swing or car safety seat (except while riding in the car).
- Keep loose blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, bumpers, and other soft items out of the sleep space.
- Breastfeed if possible, and avoid smoking.