Sleep Center for Children
St. Christopher’s treats children with a variety of sleep disorders using a multidisciplinary approach. The hospital’s Sleep Center is continuing to grow to meet the area’s growing demand for children’s sleep services. The Center, which started in 2003 as a two-bed lab, now has a dedicated space that includes a waiting area, observation room, and four private bedrooms – each with equipment that allows for a complete array of sleep testing.
The Sleep Center has a family-centered focus. Bedrooms have a home-like setting, with semi-private bathrooms, television and DVD capabilities, and child-friendly amenities. Each bedroom also has a sleeper bed for parents to help alleviate any separation anxiety that children and parents may have – making testing less stressful.
The Center treats patients of all ages, from toddlers who have enlarged tonsils or may breathe through their mouths – causing them to snore and stop breathing, to adolescents and teens who suffer from the inability to fall asleep or stay awake due to altered sleep cycles. Children who have sleep issues as a result of other conditions – such as obesity, down syndrome, lung disease, seizure disorders and congenital malformations of the face are also treated.
The Sleep Center is fully staffed with technical, clinical and administrative personnel, as well as a pulmonologist and a neurologist who work together to evaluate the results of all sleep studies and to create a care plan for each child.
For more information, please call (215) 427-3800
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. To view a list of our sleep specialists, click here.