The investigation of sleep disorders in children is similar to that of adults, but there are a handful of important differences. The ways in which sleep studies differ in children has important implications in both the administration and interpretation of these tests.
The major sleep studies performed in children are the same as those used in adults, including:
- Sleep diaries
- Multiple sleep latency testing (MSLT)
Depending on the underlying problem, any of these tests may potentially be needed. It is also possible that careful assessment and evaluation by a sleep specialist could address the problems without the need for additional testing. If you have concerns that your child may have a sleep disorder, it is best to begin by speaking with your pediatrician.
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