An estimated 50% of children experience problems with sleep. From sleep apnea to behavioral insomnia, children can experience the same sleep disorders as adults, as well as a few that are unique to the younger population. At Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center, the pediatric sleep specialists are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, making them the best team to help your child get the sleep they need. If your child is having trouble sleeping, call one of the three San Antonio-based clinics in Nix Alamo Heights, Shavano Park, and Lockhill-Selma, or the office in New Braunfels, Texas, or make an appointment online.
Good sleep is imperative for children, from newborn infants to adolescents. Many studies show that sleep is important for brain development and the lack of proper sleep may contribute to behavioral or developmental problems, as well as anxiety.
The pediatric sleep specialists at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center recommend the following sleep schedule for children:
While every child has unique circumstances and some may require a little more or a little less sleep, these guidelines provide a recommended starting point.
There are many disorders that can interfere with your child’s sleep, but the most common include:
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the breadth and scope of the many problems that can leave your child sleep-deprived.
The symptoms of sleep problems vary depending upon the underlying cause, but there are a few warning flags you should be on the lookout for, including:
You know your child best, so if you notice a change in their sleep patterns or energy levels, seek the counsel of one of the pediatric sleep specialists at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center.
Because of the number of sleep disorders that can affect children, there are many ways the pediatric sleep specialists at Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center approach the problem. Typically, they perform a thorough review of their health, as well as their symptoms, and then turn to testing techniques, such as a polysomnography and/or an actigraphy.
From there, they recommend a treatment plan that best addresses the cause of your child’s sleeplessness.
To help your child get the sleep they need, call Texas Pediatric Specialties and Family Sleep Center or request a consultation using the online scheduler.