Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program
Sleep problems, including problems falling asleep, staying asleep, disrupted sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness are common in children. The Sleep Disorders Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with disorders of sleep.
The Sleep Disorders Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with disorders of sleep including:
- Sleep apnea, both central and obstructive
- Parasomnias (unusual behaviors during sleep such as sleepwalking, sleep talking and head banging)
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, including disorders such as narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia
- Behavioral sleep problems in young children such as frequent nocturnal awakenings and bedtime resistance
- Restless leg syndrome
- Circadian disorders
The sleep service conducts comprehensive outpatient examinations of each patient. Based on these investigations, we offer a number of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions including:
- Overnight polysomnography
- Multiple sleep latency testing
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), bi-level positive airway pressure (BIPAP) and nocturnal ventilation
- Cognitive-behavioral treatment of insomnia, problems settling at bedtime or frequent awakenings
- Medication management of insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep schedule problems
The sleep disorders team includes specially trained physicians and sleep technologists. We perform sleep studies nightly both in the Pediatric Sleep Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and in the clinical neurophysiology laboratory.
Bruxism is the term that refers to an incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally, and at inappropriate times.
Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is the medical term for bedwetting.
Narcolepsy is a chronic, neurological sleep disorder with no known cause. It involves the body's central nervous system. Narcolepsy is a genetic disorder, but what causes narcolepsy is not yet known.
Nightmares are scary dreams that awaken children and make them afraid to go back to sleep. A night terror is a partial waking from sleep with behaviors such as screaming, kicking, panic, sleep walking, thrashing, or mumbling. Night terrors usually occur within two hours of the time a child goes to sleep. They are harmless and each episode will end in deep sleep.
Nightmares are scary dreams that awaken children and make them afraid to go back to sleep. A night terror is a partial waking from sleep with behaviors such as screaming, kicking, panic, sleep walking, thrashing or mumbling.
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sleep disorder in which a person experiences unpleasant sensations in the legs.
Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that causes brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.
Snoring is the sound that occurs during sleep when flow of air is obstructed in the area where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula.
Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited diseases that are characterized by weakness and wasting away of muscle tissue, with or without the breakdown of nerve tissue.
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Craig Canapari, MD, a MassGeneral Hospital for Children pulmonologist and sleep expert, answers questions about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ revised sleep apnea guidelines, which say all children and teens who frequently snore should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), all children with OSA and enlarged tonsils should consider having their tonsils removed, and all children who undergo tonsil removal surgery should be re-evaluated for sleep apnea and consider alternate treatments if their condition has not improved.
MGHfC Sleep Disorders ProgramBigelow Building
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
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