How do I know if my child has a sleep disorder?
BEARS is a questionnaire developed by pediatric sleep specialists to help parents and pediatricians decide whether a sleep specialist should be consulted.Take Sleep Quiz
Reasons to see a specialist
You should consider seeing a pediatric Sleep Medicine specialist if your child has:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Loud habitual snoring
- Restless sleeping
- Does not seem to be well rested after a good night’s sleep
If your child has behavioral or school difficulties, you may want to ask your primary care provider if this could be the result of a sleep disorder and if a referral to a sleep medicine specialist would be of benefit.
Common symptoms of sleep disorders
- Increased irritability
- Constant fatigue during the day
- Tired in the morning time
- Persistent headaches
- Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms
- Mood disorder
- Failure to thrive
- Difficulties waking up
- Poor school performance or learning difficulties
- Excessive movement during sleep associated with non-refreshing sleep
What do Pediatrics Northwest specialists provide?
- Information on sleep disorders.
- Recommendations for healthy sleep practices.
- Recommendations regarding further testing or treatment.
- Specialized training to read sleep studies and determine the proper treatment for your child’s specific sleep disorder.
- Evaluation of, and management of sleep disorders including, but not limited to, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
- Knowledge of treatment options. A written treatment program with an action plan to help parents and the primary provider respond more effectively to worsening symptoms.
- Ongoing monitoring of treatment goals.
- Effective communication with the primary care physician or nurse practitioner regarding the child’s treatment and progress.
- A specialist available 24 hours a day.