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Sleep disorders in children are more common than you may think. Pediatric sleep medicine specialists can help your child — and you — get a better night’s sleep.
Norton Children’s Sleep Medicine, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, offers sleep studies for children of all ages, from newborns to age 18, experiencing sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia or other conditions.
Sleep is vital to a child’s health — it directly impacts mental and physical development. Children who do not get enough quality sleep may become irritable, have trouble focusing and experience learning and behavioral difficulties. Talk to your child’s primary care provider about any sleep disorder symptoms your child may have, including:
Your primary care provider may refer you to a sleep specialist to evaluate your child. This may include performing a pediatric sleep study.
A pediatric sleep study is an afternoon or overnight test during which a child’s sleep is monitored by a sleep technologist in the Norton Children’s Sleep Center at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital. The pediatric center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the gold standard for demonstrating a commitment to high-quality care in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
During the sleep study, a parent or guardian shares the room with the child to help them feel comfortable. The child sleeps in a bed or crib, and the parent has their own separate bed. Each room has private restroom facilities, including a shower.
Our sleep technologists have specialized training to work with children. They are well-versed in the management of complex sleep disorders and have continuous unrestricted access to a physician on call throughout the duration of a child’s sleep study.
During the study, electrodes are taped to the child’s head, face and chest, and worn while the child sleeps. These painless wires track sleep stages, breathing patterns, heart activity, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, and body movements, as well as other information.
A trained pediatric sleep medicine technologist continuously monitors the child and equipment throughout the study. After testing is complete, the data is analyzed by our fellowship-trained pediatric sleep medicine physician and a written evaluation is sent to the child’s referring physician.
Available pediatric sleep tests:
Our pediatric sleep medicine specialists provide highly skilled care for your child. Norton Children’s Hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. These doctors are professors and active researchers helping to advance medical care through clinical research and education.
With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes: