At Cook Children's Sleep Center in Fort Worth, we offer help for children with abnormal sleep symptoms such as snoring, sleepwalking or bedwetting. Having a child with restless sleep can be a cause for great concern. Depending on the cause, disturbed sleep may interfere with your child's health, ability to learn and daily life.
Left untreated, kids with sleep disorders may develop serious - and even life-threatening - conditions. At Cook Children's, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in kids. Our pediatric sleep specialists are devoted to performing procedures according to the highest medical standards using integrated sleep software for the diagnosis and management of pediatric sleep-related disturbances.
Few things worry parents as much as a child who can't get restful sleep. Snoring, gasping or pauses in breathing can rob children of the rest they need and may even be signs of more serious problems. Children show symptoms of poor sleep diﬀerently than adults. To diagnose sleep problems, our sleep team evaluates your child's sleep history. In some cases, a comprehensive sleep study is needed to observe your child while he or she is sleeping. The results of your child's study will help us determine the appropriate interventions.
- Apnea of infancy
- Sleep apnea (obstructive and central)
- Periodic limb movements
- REM behavior disorder (RBD)
- Nocturnal seizures
Sleep disorder symptoms include:
- Morning headaches
- Irritability or moodiness
- Poor concentration
- Heartburn at night
- Awakening frequently to urinate
- Awakening with a sore throat
- Frequently awakening with nasal congestion
Is my child a candidate?
Worried that your child may have a sleep disorder? Take the assessment below.Does your child:
- Often have trouble falling asleep at bedtime?
- Often have trouble sleeping through the night?
- Snore loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?
- Often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime, even after a "good" night's sleep?
- Stop breathing during sleep?
If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, we recommend you contact one of our sleep specialists to learn more.
Timely care: We offer virtual video visits for certain appointments and can answer your questions by phone.
Coordinated specialty services: If your child has a more complex medical need requiring additional specialists, we can refer you to nationally recognized teams in the Cook Children's network. We partner with more than 60 other specialty clinics to ensure every child gets the care they need.
Easy access: Our MyCookChildren's patient portal makes it easy to stay in touch. Message your doctors with a question. Schedule an appointment or see test results. You can even send a picture or video for immediate concerns.
If your child is scheduled for a sleep study, you'll typically need to arrive at the Cook Children's Sleep Center around 6:30 p.m. This gives your child time to get comfortable with the environment before beginning the study. The study usually begins between 8 and 9 p.m.
We recommend that you follow your child's normal dinner and bedtime routine prior to arriving for the sleep study. Please plan to stay with your child in the Sleep Center during the procedure. Due to space limitations, we ask that only one parent or legal guardian stay with your child.
- Bring comfortable sleepwear for your child
- Bring diapers, formulas, snacks or other items your child normally needs
- Bring any medications or treatments that your child normally takes
- Bring any toiletries needed - showers are available to use prior to leaving
- Feel free to bring your child's favorite items (toy, blanket) especially if your child needs it for sleep
- NO CAFFEINE (coﬀee, tea, chocolate, etc.) after 1 p.m. the afternoon of the study
- Children staying in the center for a day study are provided breakfast and lunch
What to expect
For the study, special non-invasive electrodes and monitors are attached to your child's face, head and arms prior to sleep. A polysomnography technician monitors your child's breathing, heart rate, oxygen level, sleep stages and chest and abdominal movement.
The technician tallies the results to pinpoint what irregularities were present and measures their severity.
The study takes about 8 hours and then you and your child may go home.
We're here to help.
If your child has been diagnosed, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staﬀ, please call our oﬃces at 682-303-1300.