child’s sleep disorders

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Do you think that your child has a sleep disorder?

Do you suspect your child has a sleep disorder or want to make sure that the domestic sleep routine is suitable for the child and ensures sufficient rest required for development?

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Our registration desk will ask you some simple questions and help you find a time that is most suitable for seeing a specialist: Tallinn 677 7300 Tartu 740 1755

Sleep Counsellor

The sleep counsellor allows the parent to analyse and improve the child’s sleep routine. If required, it supports creating and introducing a sleep rhythm.

Doctor Reception

The doctor shall prescribe necessary tests and treatment and, if required, shall refer you to other specialists.

Procedures

There are several procedures. The doctor shall prescribe procedures for identifying the scope and causes of the problem depending on the symptoms.

Treatment Options

In order to find relief for children’s sleep disorders and achieve satisfactory treatment outcomes, trust and good co-operation between the centre and the parent is vital.

Do you think that your child has a sleep disorder?

Call Us

Sleep Counsellor

Doctor Reception

Procedures

Treatment Options

Child’s sleep needs attention

As is the case with adults, children also suffer from multiple sleep disorders. Children often have sleep rhythm disorders because their bedtime is often not set. A flexible daily schedule is not good for children, in the case of which their daily activities have their own rhythm and there are no set meal nor nap times. If a pre-schooler runs around and romps before bedtime, the body nor mind cannot calm down and prepare for sleep. The sleep rhythm of teenagers is disrupted by the limitless use of smart devices. Bedtime is significantly decreased due to being active in social networks.

As is the case with adults, children often snore. Difficulty breathing, sniffing, apnoea, gasping for air could also occur. Children could also experience discomfort, restless feet or hands. They describe it as running ants, screw driver, or snails crawling on their feet.

Symptoms indicating a child’s sleep disorders

Night Symptoms:

  • snoring, heavy breathing, sniffing
  • apnoea
  • restless sleep
  • night time fidgeting
  • talking in sleep
  • sleepwalking
  • rolling over
  • rhythmical movements with the head
  • bed wetting

Daytime Symptoms:

  • trouble concentrating
  • restlessness
  • excess sleepiness during the daytime
  • increased irritability

Different Sleep Disorders in Children

Symptoms of children’s sleep disorders could differ from those of adults. A child’s hyperactive and seemingly restless behaviour might indicate a sleep disorder. Parent’s thoughtfulness and close co-operation with the doctor and counsellor allow for the detection of the sleeping disorder effecting the child’s health and development. Children suffer from the following sleep disorders:

  • childhood behavioural insomnia (occurs at the beginning of sleep, setting limits type)
  • primary childhood sleep apnoea
  • childhood’s obstructive sleep apnoea
  • innate central hyperventilation syndrome
  • sleep enuresis
  • rhythmical movements related to sleep (rolling the head and body)

About the Treatment in General

In order to find relief for a child’s sleep disorders, the specialist shall offer a choice of appropriate treatment options after identifying the patient’s problem and the reasons behind the problem. At the beginning of treatment, required procedures shall be performed and the parent/carer shall be introduced to treatment principles in detail. In future visits, the progress of treatment is monitored and the patient is counselled regarding possible questions.