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Sleep Disorder Causes & Symptoms in Children


What kinds of sleep disorders occur in children?

Pediatric sleep disorders are common and can even occur in infants. Problems that stem from sleep disorders include poor academic performance, behavioral problems, and other health concerns. Common pediatric sleep disorders can include:

Many other sleep-related disorders can occur in children and affect a child’s cognitive, physical, and social development.

How much sleep do children need each night?

The amount of sleep needed per night depends on the age of the child.

  • Under 1 year: 14-15 hours
  • 1-3 years old: 12-14 hours
  • 4-6 years old: 9-12 hours
  • 13-18 years old: 7-10 hours

Because each child is different, the amount of sleep needed will vary. If your child’s sleep patterns do not consistently fall within the range that corresponds with his/her age, it may be an indication of an underlying sleep disorder.

What are some symptoms of pediatric sleep disorder?

Signs and symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders will vary depending on the disorder and the child. Some signs that may indicate a sleep disorder is present in your child include:

  • Snoring
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Hyperactivity
  • Irritability
  • Poor school performance
  • Nightmares
  • Bedwetting

When should I take my child to the doctor for a sleep disorder?

If your child has any of the symptoms listed above or is not sleeping for the amount of time appropriate for his/her age, visit a New York ENT doctor to determine whether your child may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Our doctors are experienced and well-versed with treating OSA and other sleep disorders, and can provide the treatment needed to help your child begin to sleep better.

How are pediatric sleep disorders treated?

Pediatric sleep disorders are treated at New York ENT with conservative methods whenever possible, and may require advanced surgical procedure when necessary. Pediatric sleep disorder treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle modifications (weight loss, exercise, or other day-to-day changes that can impact sleep quality)
  • Prescription medication
  • CPAP or CPAP alternatives
  • Advanced surgical procedures

Speak with your New York ENT doctor to determine the best sleep disorder treatment for your child.

If you believe your child may be suffering from a sleep disorder, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat conditions, including sleep-related problems. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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