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Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Crib death or SIDS occurs during the first year of life, mainly during sleep. The most important preventive measure is to sleep babies on their BACKS. Some high-risk babies are sent home with apnea monitors which alarm for pauses in breathing (apnea) and low heart rates. These alarm events are recorded by the monitor and are interpreted by a specialist.

Older children can have loud snoring usually because of enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Some of these children will also have apnea. This can disturb their sleep and cause daytime problems such as poor school performance and hyperactivity. Sleep testing is necessary to separate children who only have snoring from those who also have apnea.

Children, usually teenagers, can develop narcolepsy, a condition in which there is an uncontrollable urge to sleep. Sudden muscle weakness is also seen with this disease. A sleep study followed by a multiple sleep latency test is necessary for diagnosis. Treatment consists of stimulants to counteract the sleep attacks and frequent naps amongst other measures.

PCCAB has a dedicated web site related to our Sleep Services. To learn more about our sleep disorder services, visit Sleep Medicine Associates of Baltimore.

Sleep Medicine Associates of Maryland

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