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Sleep Medicine for Children

Sleep Medicine for Children

Sleep affects all aspects of your child’s health and well-being. If your child frequently experiences disturbed sleep, consider the possibility of a sleep-related condition such as sleep apnea and how your child might benefit from a sleep study.

Specialized Sleep Care for Children

Find the sleep care diagnosis and treatment your child needs, specially designed for their age and size, from the sleep medicine experts at the Sleep Disorders Center in The Children’s Hospital at OU Health in Oklahoma City.

At Oklahoma’s only sleep center accredited by the American Academy of Medicine and equipped for the special needs of newborns, babies and children, you and your child work with an OU Health team of experienced, board-certified sleep medicine physicians and credentialed technicians who care for children of all ages, including those with special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and muscular dystrophy, as well as children titrating on CPAP.

In addition, you can stay with your child throughout the sleep study in our inviting, home-like setting, based in The Children’s Hospital for maximum safety.

Watch this video of a child’s sleep study experience [5:12] at the Sleep Disorders Center.

Signs of Children’s Sleep Problems

How can you tell if your child might experience sleep problems? Check for health conditions such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids, craniofacial abnormalities, poor muscle tone or obesity. Although 10 to 15 percent of children snore, only about four percent may have sleep apnea, a potentially deadly sleep disorder. Watch for signs that may include:

  • Behavioral problems at school
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restless sleep
  • Snoring
  • Trouble staying awake during the day

Comprehensive Pediatric Sleep Medicine Services

At OU Health’s Sleep Disorders Center, your child can participate in sleep studies to identify a specific individual sleep disorder such as:

Your child’s doctor and the OU Health sleep care team work with you and other healthcare specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan and identify next steps to improve your child’s particular situation.

Forms & Information for Your Child’s Appointment

Ask your child’s doctor for a referral to the Sleep Disorders Center at The Children’s Hospital at OU Health in Oklahoma City. Review the following documents to prepare for your child’s sleep study.

Your Pediatric Sleep Medicine Team

At OU Health, your pediatric sleep medicine team includes a board-certified pediatric sleep medicine physician and credentialed technicians, as well as a network of other pediatric specialists who collaborate with you and your child’s doctors for expert care in a wide range of pediatric healthcare specialties, including cardiology; ear, nose and throat (ENT); endocrinology; psychology; pulmonology; urology and more.

Request an Appointment

If your child often experiences disrupted sleep, get help from the sleep medicine experts at the Sleep Disorders Center at The Children’s Hospital at OU Health in Oklahoma City.

Ask your doctor for a referral or appointment by calling (405) 271-5605 today.
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