Help for All Pediatric Sleep Problems
A good night's sleep is essential for a child’s growth and development. But sometimes, breathing problems, behavioral disorders and other conditions can interrupt normal sleep patterns. In those cases, proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is vital to help kids get back on track to restful sleep.
Our team offers evaluation and treatment for all types of pediatric sleep disorders, including:
Behavioral sleep disorders, including nightmares/night terrors and unwillingness to go to sleep
- Breathing problems during sleep, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea
- Children who require respiratory support with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP)
- Circadian rhythm disorders
- Excessive sleepiness and trouble waking up
Periodic limb movement disorder and restless legs syndrome (RLS)
Problems falling asleep and staying asleep
- Sleep problems in teenagers
- Sleep walking
Comer Children's pediatric sleep experts see children with sleep problems that complicate other medical disorders, including asthma, autism, epilepsy, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), craniofacial disorders, obesity and neuromuscular disorders. We work hand-in-hand with the child's other physician(s) to ensure comprehensive care.
Our program is at the forefront of both clinical and basic science pediatric sleep medicine research. We study several aspects of sleep problems, and are investigating why and how sleep disorders occur; new ways to detect sleep disorders; associated medical and psychological complications of sleep disorders; and the effectiveness of new treatment strategies.
Our specialists hold outpatient clinics and overnight sleep studies at several convenient locations. Outpatient care is available at our main campus in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, and in Merrillville, Indiana. Overnight sleep studies are available at our medical campus in Chicago, as well as in Hinsdale.
In some cases, we offer at-home sleep studies. Parents can set up the devices on their children and, with the help of a home health care professional, send the data to the UChicago Medicine sleep laboratory.
To refer a patient to a UChicago Medicine outpatient pediatric sleep medicine clinic, please instruct the child's parent/caretaker to call our outpatient clinic at 1-888-824-0200.