Pediatric Sleep Disorders refer to sleep related disorders in children. This could happen due to a variety of reasons but can have a major negative impact on the overall development of a child. On an average, every child needs about 9 hours of sleep but if the child does not sleep for more than 7 hours and wakes up to often during night, it is a thing to be concerned about. Along with sleeplessness, the condition can present other symptoms such as snoring, breathing pauses during sleep, difficulty falling asleep, unexplained fatigue during the day and disorders such as sleepwalking or nightmares.
HOW IS PEDIATRIC SLEEP DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
Symptoms that call for a sleep evaluation can include:
• Excessive snoring
• Lapses in breathing/gasping for air
• Bed wetting in children older than 6 years old
• Multiple nighttime arousals
• Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep
• Restless sleep
• Unusual movements/behavior during sleep
• A decline in school performance
• Excessive drowsiness/daytime sleepiness
• Sleep walking
• Sudden inability to move
HOW IS PEDIATRIC SLEEP DISORDERS TREATED?
Treatment for Pediatric Sleep Disorders include establishing healthy sleeping patterns and encouraging activities during the day. Child-naps during afternoon might be taken off the schedule. Also, in some cases, mild sedatives could be given to help induce better sleep, especially with issues like ADHD.
DID YOU KNOW?
Studies have shown that poor sleep quality and/or quantity in children are associated with a host of problems, including academic, behavioural, developmental and social difficulties, weight abnormalities, and other health problems.