The Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Pediatric sleep disorders and breathing disorders during sleep are among the most common issues parents of young children may face. These disorders can result in learning and behavioral disabilities and long-term pulmonary, endocrine, and heart disease. Obtaining a diagnosis and managing sleep problems early on may help children avoid consequences that can affect them in adulthood.
The Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is a direct extension of the NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Pediatric Sleep Center.
The Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center
At the Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center, we diagnose and care for children with any sleep disorder, including:
- obstructive and central sleep apnea
- apnea of infancy
- behavioral insomnia of childhood, such as bedtime struggles and night awakenings
- parasomnias (sleepwalking, sleep, terrors)
- circadian rhythm disorders (delayed sleep phase syndrome)
- movement disorders (periodic limb movement disorder, headbanging)
Our team can aid in evaluating and managing children with chronic lung diseases, degenerative muscle disease with chronic respiratory failure, hypoventilation syndrome, and respiratory control disorders.
The clinic serves children of all ages, from infancy to adolescence. Each visit to the clinic includes evaluation and management by a sleep specialist. Our approach to a diagnosis begins with a comprehensive sleep history and physical examination. After this initial evaluation, we will discuss whether a sleep study may help diagnose the problem.
The Sleep Study
Sometimes, an overnight sleep study, also called polysomnography, is advised. Here, patients will spend one night sleeping in a room in our comfortable facility adjacent to our main hospital campus.
The study involves attaching leads to the child’s body to monitor sleep quality and structure, breathing effort, oxygen saturation, carbon dioxide levels, heart rhythms, muscle tone, and leg movements. A certified sleep technologist provides continuous monitoring during the study.
We also offer a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), a test done during the day that quantifies sleepiness and serves as the diagnostic test for narcolepsy.
Our technologists are trained to perform pediatric sleep studies on children of all ages.
Our team will
- Continuous monitoring by technicians trained in pediatric care
- Overnight accommodation for one parent or guardian
- In-room WiFi, TV, and DVD players
Referrals to the Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital can be made as follows:
- Phone: (718)780-3111
- EPIC referral by the child’s pediatrician, ENT physician, or specialist