There are many common reasons for sleep disturbances in children, some of which are temporary and others that are linked to chronic medical conditions. According to the American Pediatric Association, as many as 25 to 30 percent of all infants and children experience sleep problems at one time or another. Some of the most common sleep disturbances in children include insufficient sleep, bedtime settling problems, sleepwalking, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. As with adults, sleep disorders in children can lead to moodiness, irritability, lack of focus, sleepiness in school, and other serious behavioral and learning problems.
Common Sleep Disorders in Children
Some of the most common pediatric sleep disorders include:
- Problems falling or staying asleep
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Restless legs syndrome
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)
- Night terrors
If your child is struggling with any of the above, it’s important you schedule an appointment with a Tots N Teens Pediatrics provider today. Sleep disorders not only lead to tired and irritable children, they can turn into many different kinds of behavioral problems at school and at home. The first thing you should do if you suspect your child is having a hard time sleeping is talking to their provider and inform them of any sleep-related problems. While these disturbances often resolve on their own, surgery may be necessary to remove the tonsils or adenoids, for example.
Treatment for pediatric sleep disorders will range depending on the child and his or her symptoms. We will start by conducting a thorough medical and sleep history as well as a physical examination to look for any underlying medical problems. Our dedicated staff has extensive experience treating children of all ages for a wide range of sleep disorders. If you have questions about this or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s symptoms, please contact one of our three Tots N Teens Pediatrics locations in Mesquite, Plano, or Forney, Texas. There are numerous tests that can help us understand what is going on, such as sleep study (polysomnography), sleep logs, and actigraphy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary, whereas micronutrients, bright light therapy, and medications can help other children improve their quality of sleep.