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Comer Children's pediatric sleep medicine experts offer the full range of diagnostic services and treatment to children of all ages with sleep disorders. We provide care in outpatient clinics as well as in state-of-the-art sleep labs that are fully equipped for comprehensive overnight sleep studies.
Parents/caretakers of children who need a sleep evaluation may be required to complete a sleep questionnaire and a two-week sleep diary. This information will help the sleep medicine physician better understand your child’s sleep problems prior to the sleep clinic visit.
During a clinic visit, a board-certified pediatric sleep medicine specialist will obtain additional necessary information from you about your child's sleep problem and will conduct a thorough physical examination of your child. If necessary, additional blood tests may be performed, particularly for overweight and obese children. These tests measure fasting blood sugar, insulin, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. If it's determined that an overnight sleep study (polysonomogram) is required, our team will work with parents/caretakers to schedule a convenient time for the study to take place at one of our sleep laboratories.
Additional body sensors will be placed to assess breathing and respiratory functions. We also perform pulse oximetry to measure blood oxygen levels. A video camera will record the study as well. A sleep technologist is always nearby throughout the study.
Treatment is tailored to your child's particular sleep disorder. Types of treatments offered through our program include the following:
Our pediatric sleep medicine physicians work closely with other Comer Children's pediatric specialists, including pulmonologists, otolaryngologists (ENT surgeons), developmental experts, gastroenterologists, neurologists, craniofacial surgeons, psychologists and psychiatrists.