Nursing: Common Pediatric Sleep Issues and Disorders

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About the Course

Sleep difficulties can occur in up to 50% of all children in the Unites States. Yet only 5% of children in a national chart review received a treatment recommendation for a sleep disorder and children with a sleep disorder had significantly more sick visits/calls than those who did not have a sleep problem. Sleep disturbances and issues have been shown to be correlated with obesity, behavioral problems in school, and other somatic issues. This course provides the essential pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities for common sleep disorders affecting the pediatric population.  The course discusses disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, behavioral insomnia, common parasomnias, delayed sleep phase syndrome, and restless leg syndrome.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the physiology of pediatric sleep.
  • Describe the normal sleep development in children.
  • Identify the three areas evaluated in scoring sleep.
  • Describe common pediatric sleep issues, including the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and management.

About the Author:
Margaret-Ann Carno, PhD, MBA, MJ, CPNP, D,ABSM, FAAN

Margaret-Ann Carno, PhD, MBA, MJ, CPNP, D,ABSM, FAAN, is a professor of clinical nursing and pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and a nurse practitioner at the Pediatrics Sleep Medicine Services Golisano Children’s Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, in Rochester, New York. Dr. Carno is one of only a few PhD-prepared nurses to be boarded by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She has been trained in sleep medicine across the life span and has lectured nationally on sleep issues both in pediatrics and across the life span. She has served on committees for the American Association of Sleep Medicine and the American Thoracic Society.

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