Pediatric Sleep Medicine
Child Sleep Disorder Treatment in East Tennessee
Sleep medicine is a relatively new field for children and it's rapidly
changing, but East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has some of the
areas resources to help children get a good night's sleep. A child's
medical and emotional needs are unique, and this is especially true when
dealing with sleep issues. Our entire staff, from the physicians and nurses
to all technicians, are experts in caring for children.
Diagnosing Sleep Disorders
It can be difficult getting a read on how well your child is sleeping.
Kids do not always complain when they are unable to sleep at night, and
if they are not waking you up at night you may not realize they are having
any difficulty. If your child seems lethargic during the day or restless
at night, it could mean they are suffering from a pediatric sleep disorder.
Your child may have a sleep disorder if they exhibit the following behaviors:
- Loud snoring
- Falling asleep for brief periods during the day
- Frequent nightmares
- They stop breathing for brief periods during sleep
- They are restless and fussy even after being tucked into bed
- Performance in school has slowly decreased
Lack of sleep can make it hard for children to concentrate and interact
with others. In pediatric sleep medicine, a childcare sleep professional
can help identify what it is that’s making it difficult for your
child to sleep. Once the cause has been determined, a personalized treatment
plan will be created that addressed the specific needs of the patient.
Sleep Medicine Center
Sleep studies are performed at our state-of-the-art sleep center. Children
spend one night at this center where their sleeping patterns are monitored
by our medical professionals. These studies require the patients to be
connected to a few machines, which can be nerve racking for children,
but there are no needles involved and the study is entirely painless.
We recommend you tell your child about the process beforehand so that
they can know what to expect. Our team is experienced in working with
children and know numerous techniques to help them feel comfortable and relaxed.
Sleep studies at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital are directed by
Dr. Ehab Mansoor. Call (865) 541-8478 if you have any questions.