Can children get a sleep study?

This question was asked in Saint Louis, Missouri on 04/26/2012.
Do many sleep centers perform sleep studies on children?

Doctors Answers (5)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 4/27/2012

Yes, children often undergo sleep studies, even infants. There are several centers equipped to perform sleep studies on children. Of all the sleep labs in the country I would estimate that the majority will accept children from 12 years and up, 20% from 6 years and up and 10% for any age. Special equipment and training are necessary to study young children.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 4/27/2012

Yes, sleep studies for children are common. Like American Sleep Centers, most sleep labs accredited with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine conduct studies on children of all ages.

Terry M. Himes, DO
Answered on: 4/26/2012

Yes, children can get a sleep study.

Syed Nabi, M.D.
Answered on: 4/26/2012

Children can get sleep study. Unfortunately, there are not many centers and sleep physicians that do sleep studies on children. You may wanna call around in your area and see if sleep doctor/sleep lab see pediatric patients.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 4/26/2012

Yes. This is usually done at a children's hospital and the study interpreted by a sleep clinician skilled in these types of interpretations. The sleep labs at these facilities usually make accomodations for the parents to stay over with the children as well so it is not too traumatic for them and they can help facilitate sleep if it is needed. A few private sleep labs may also take younger patients under the same types of conditions.