At Al Jalila Children’s, in addition to offering comprehensive paediatric health services for adolescents with chronic illnesses, the Adolescent Medicine clinic provides a highly specialised consultation service on the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of adolescent specific disorders. These include gynaecologic and reproductive endocrinologic conditions that afflict adolescent girls such as menstrual disorders and management, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, excessive menstrual bleeding, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and nonsurgical management of ovarian cysts, and congenital genital tract anomalies.
• Comprehensive primary care including annual health care and preventive care visits for teens. (PE, vaccine update, sports physicals, sick visits)
• Management of general paediatric and adolescent medical conditions including asthma, acne, obesity etc.
• Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology services including:
o Menstrual disorders such as menstrual cramps, heavy or irregular period
o Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS
o Abnormal vaginal discharge
o Vulvovaginitis (infection or inflammation outside the vagina)
o Ovarian cysts
o Congenital anomalies of the reproductive system
• Puberty Evaluation
• Eating disorders
• Psychosocial issues
• Reproductive health
• Puberty and Sexual Health
• Screening for high-risk behaviours
• Transitioning of paediatric patients to adult medical home
The word anaesthesia is coined from two Greek words: “an” meaning “without” and “aesthesis” meaning “sensation”. There are various types of anaesthesia. Throughout their lives, most people will undergo anaesthesia either during the birth of their baby or for a surgical procedure, which could range from relatively short, simple surgery on a day-stay basis through to major surgery requiring complex, rapid decisions to keep them safe.
Al Jalila Children’s has an immensely experienced team of anaesthetists dedicated to the management of pain in children. Unlike adults, children are extremely sensitive to anaesthesia and need to fulfill many parameters before anaesthesia can be administered.
Audiology is the science of hearing, which is vital to a child’s development. Helping children with hearing loss early in life can help them communicate for the rest of their lives. Al Jalila Children’s provides a comprehensive, child-friendly, diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology service from birth to adolescence. We have particular proficiency in assessing children who are difficult to test, and provide sensitive service for children with hearing loss. Our specialists actively encourage parental involvement, and devote ample time to listen and understand your little one’s hearing issues. Using state-of-the-art equipment and approaches, we offer comprehensive audiological assessments using both behavioural and electrophysiological measures.
Our services include:
•Hearing Screening (Automated OAE and ABR)
•Middle ear assessment (Tympanometry, Acoustic reflexometry, Eustachian tube function test)
•Behavioral Hearing Assessment (BOA, VRA)
•Subjective hearing assessment (CPA, PTA)
•Electrophysiological Hearing Assessment (ABR, ASSR, EcochG)
•Hearing aid trial and assessments
•Pre, intra, and post-operative assessments for cochlear implantation
The Cardiac Anaesthesia Clinic is part of the Heart Centre of Excellence which is the only facility in Dubai that provides a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options in cardiology and cardiac surgery for children. Our world-class infrastructure and highly skilled staff make the Centre one of the best in the Middle East. A dynamic team of highly accomplished paediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists and intensivists can provide the latest and the best possible treatment for all kinds of heart diseases in children across all age groups.
We have a devoted team of paediatric cardiac anaesthesiologists that are experts in providing anaesthesia to all children undergoing surgeries for congenital heart diseases. Our team has vast experience in fast-tracking paediatric cardiac surgical patients and they are able to extubate more than 90 per cent of the patients in the operation theatre at the end of the surgery. We have the most advanced equipment and monitoring systems in the operation theatre to administer safe anaesthesia and monitor vitals during surgery.
The Cardiac Surgery Clinic is part of the Heart Centre of Excellence which is the only facility in Dubai that provides a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options in cardiology and cardiac surgery for children. Our world-class infrastructure and highly skilled staff make the Centre one of the best in the Middle East. A dynamic team of highly accomplished paediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists and intensivists can provide the latest and the best possible treatment for all kinds of heart diseases in children across all age groups.
The Department of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery has fully equipped, state-of the-art operating suites. Since the surgical option for treating children with heart disease should be considered early – sometimes even just at a few hours or days after birth – a multidisciplinary team of specialists trained in caring for these fragile and sick babies is extremely crucial. Our paediatric cardiac surgeons have accumulated experience of performing thousands of such surgeries on children of all age groups – newborns to adolescents. They have a proven record of delivering the best post-operative results comparable with some of the best centres in the world. They emphasize on developing rapport with the patient’s family and making them comfortable by explaining the individualised strategy.
The Cardiology Clinic is part of the Heart Centre of Excellence which is the only facility in Dubai that provides a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options in cardiology and cardiac surgery for children. Our world-class infrastructure and highly skilled staff make the Centre one of the best in the Middle East. A dynamic team of highly accomplished paediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists and intensivists can provide the latest and the best possible treatment for all kinds of heart diseases in children across all age groups.
Our cardiac surgery team performs complex surgeries in state-of the-art operating theatres with direct access to the CICU (cardiac intensive care unit). The team is supported by excellent intensive care, cardiology, anaesthetic, nursing, and other paediatric speciality services, providing comprehensive care for neonates, infants, children, and young adults.
Paediatric Radiology is a subspeciality of radiology involving the imaging of fetuses, infants, children, and adolescents. “Children are not small adults!” Children need care, specifically designed to meet their unique needs. At Al Jalila Children’s, we have a dedicated and highly specialized diagnostic imaging facility that provides a safe, comfortable, and child friendly environment for children and their families.
At Al Jalila Children’s, you can be assured that your child’s imaging is done at a world-class paediatric facility that meticulously follows the protocols and appropriateness criteria set up by the Society for Pediatric Radiology. This ensures the lowest radiation dose possible with good quality images.
Services and Facilities
An ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. Al Jalila Children’s employs three cutting-edge ultrasound machines equipped with various pediatric-specific probes enabling high definition real time imaging of various body parts.
Computerized Tomography Scan (CT scan)
A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues inside the body. Al Jalila Children’s uses a 128 Slice Helical CT with paediatric specific radiation dose reduction software and paediatric specific protocols. We optimise the scan parameters to every child, thereby meeting the standard of low dose high-quality imaging.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
We also employ a 3-Tesla cutting-edge Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit, which provides significantly high-resolution images in a shortest possible time. The increased image clarity revealed by 3T MRI is particularly beneficial for detailed examination of various body parts with faster scanner time that allows reduced anaesthesia time required for some cases. Our 3T MRI machine is also equipped with special paediatric software and coils. The enhanced safety we provide for your child during the MRI scanning is unparalleled and unique to our setup.
The Diagnostic Imaging Dep at AJCH also has great expertise in fetal imaging. MRI has been widely used in fetal imaging when an abnormality on ultrasound is not clearly defined and more information is needed in order to make a decision about therapy, delivery, neonatal care, counseling and advising family about prognosis. Fetal MRI does not required any sedation or I.V contrast. It is also safe for mother and baby since it does not involve any radiation.
Al Jalila Children’s digital X-Ray imaging ensures the lowest radiation dose possible by a direct digital capture of images with the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. This reduces the repeat and rejection of images, improves waiting times, and throughput.
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time clips. This allows our radiologists assess real time movements of the internal structures and functions such as the movement of bowel loops or the motion of swallowing or breathing. We have a dedicated Fluoroscopy room that ensures significantly low-radiation exposure.
Al Jalila Children’s has a dedicated and very advanced interventional suite that provides minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment that prevents children from lengthy surgeries. Most of these procedures can be done with only a few millimeter cuts to the skin. Some of the services provided include fine and core needle biopsies, and catheter placements for drainage.
The Nutrition Department in Al Jalila is dedicated to providing nutrition assessment and counselling for pediatric patients of all ages, both for inpatients and outpatients. All inpatients are provided with a variety of nutritionally balanced meals which are specially prepared as per the guidelines of therapeutic diet and are approved by the Nutrition Department. We also provide child-friendly, delicious meals prepared in a healthy way to balance taste with health. Our team is qualified to provide nutrition education and counselling for all patients, in all age groups – neonates, infants, toddlers, school aged children and adolescents.
We conduct nutrition assessment using different tools and innovative automated forms. Each patient is provided an individualized plan and nutrition education is provided by means of food models and handouts. Regular follow ups are conducted to ensure continued development. Nutrition supplements and specialized formulas are also prescribed for patients who require them.
The Nutrition Department at Al Jalila Children’s deals with all disorders that affect and are affected by nutrition. We work as a part of the multidisciplinary team to provide the best nutrition care to promote proper growth and development. Our nutrition expertise include failure to thrive, metabolic disorders, diabetes mellitus, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy, food allergies and intolerances, renal disorders, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, obesity, feeding difficulties etc. Our future endeavours include starting a learning kitchen to demonstrate, educate and provide hands on training for the patients about their food preparation and choices.
The EEG Clinic is part of the Neurosciences Centre of Excellence which is one among the most advanced facilities in the region that specifically caters to disorders of the nervous system in children. As the only dedicated hospital for children in the UAE, the Centre at Al Jalila Children’s features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and consultants with years of paediatric experience from some of the renowned hospitals around the world.
The neurophysiology service is run by the neurology department and consists of various electrical tests of the brain, nerves and muscle like EEG (Electroencephalogram), Nerve conduction (NCV), Electromyography (EMG) and evoked potentials. These tests help in the diagnosis of various neurological conditions like epilepsy, neuropathy and myopathy. The service also provides inpatient Video-EEG (where the patient is admitted to the hospital to undergo continuous video and EEG recording) and ambulatory EEG (where the patient’s EEG is recorded at home using a portable wearable device).
Endocrinology is the study of medicine that relates to the endocrine system, which is the system that controls hormones. An endocrinologist will deal with diseases that are caused by problems with hormones. At Al Jalila Children’s, the Endocrinology Clinic deals with the diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with paediatric endocrine disorders, including endocrine and related disorders, skeletal dysplasia, metabolic bone disease, diabetes, and obesity.
The clinic also provides Inpatient, emergency and outpatient care of children (0-18 years) with endocrine disorders, including, but not limited to:
Short and tall stature including genetic diseases, skeletal dysplasia, etc.
Growth hormone deficiency
Functioning and non-functioning pituitary adenomas
Congenital and acquired hypothyroidism
Goitre and thyroid nodules
Preparation for thyroid surgery and radioactive iodine
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Genetic disorders affecting adrenals
Disorders of sex development (DSD)
Delayed or absent puberty and associated conditions (e.g. Turner’s, Klinefelter’s, Kallman’s syndromes)
Primary and secondary amenorrhoea
Precocious or early puberty
Hyperandrogenism, Hirsuitism and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
Endocrine cancer predisposition syndromes
Endocrine late-effects of paediatric cancer
Endocrine sequelae of multisystem disease
Endocrine and essential hypertension
Insulin resistance, obesity and pre-diabetes and associated complications
Bone disease, including osteoporosis, osteogenesis imperfecta, rickets and vitamin D deficiency, etc.
Familial hypercholesterolaemia and other lipid disorders
The Ear Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s is a full-fledged state-of-the-art Paediatric ENT clinic that offers comprehensive assessment and treatment of all ailments related to ear, nose, and throat, with a focus on some of the most common paediatric issues such as hearing loss, ear infections, and ear deformities. The Ear Clinic enjoys the uniqueness of being part of a full-fledged world-class paediatric hospital, which means that when needed, every child will be assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers a 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof, resulting ultimately in a definitive and clear medical solution. The clinic differentiates itself with its child-friendly approach through specially created techniques and state-of-the art-equipment, coupled with a world-class medical team that is highly experienced in treating children and adolescents.
Cochlear Implant and Early Screening
The Ear Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s is the only clinic dedicated solely to children with ENT disorders, including Cochlear Implantation for children and infants. Cochlear implants are designed for children with severe to profound perceptive hearing loss and especially for pre-lingual deaf children. We strongly recommend that all parents conduct an Early Screening for their infants to asses and identify any hearing impairment as early cochlear implantation is highly recommended to enable normal development of language skills. Early implantation also gives children the best opportunity to attend regular school and follow the general education system.
Surgeries Adenoidectomy – a surgical procedure performed to remove the adenoids. Adenoids are a mass of lymphoid tissue located behind the nasal passages.
Tonsillectomy – a surgical procedure in which each tonsil is removed from a recess in the side of the pharynx called the tonsillar fossa. The procedure is performed in response to repeated occurrence of acute tonsillitis, sleep surgery for obstructive sleep apnea, nasal airway obstruction, diphtheria carrier state, snoring, or peritonsillar abscess.
Tonsillar reduction – a surgical procedure in which the tonsil’s volume is reduced using a surgical tool to relieve upper airway obstruction.
Tympanostomy and tube insertion – A tympanostomy tube is a small tube inserted into the eardrum in order to keep the middle ear aerated for a prolonged period of time, and to prevent the accumulation of fluid in the middle ear.
Tympanoplasty – a surgical operation performed for the reconstruction of the eardrum and/or the small bones of the middle ear.
Mastoidectomy – a procedure that removes diseased mastoid air cells. The diseased cells are often the result of an ear infection that has spread into the skull.
Cochlear Implantation – insertion of an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged/malfunctioning inner ear.
Implanting bone conduction devices – procedure to implant a medical device that transmits sound by direct conduction through bone to the inner ear, effectively bypassing the outer and middle ear.
Endoscopic sinus surgery – a surgical procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses. These blockages can cause sinusitis, in which the sinus mucous membranes swell and become blocked, causing pain, drainage, and impaired breathing.
Nasal reconstruction – a surgical technique to reconstruct different kinds of nasal defects.
Excision of congenital neck masses
Laryngeal reconstruction – for congenital and acquired laryngeal and laryngotracheal deformities and stenosis.
Endoscopic and open airway surgeries – for congenital and acquired airway pathologies.
General pediatrics encompasses wide variety of common childhood problems. We offer excellent care to children with simple medical problems and support other specialist teams in providing a family centered “whole child” care for children with complex medical problems.
Children attending our service have direct access to wide range of clinical staff with specialist expertise and dedicated paediatric nurses with a strong multidisciplinary support including dieticians, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy services and paediatric pharmacists.
The programme of Infectious Disease at Al Jalila Children’s is a world–class diagnostic, treatment, educational and research facility that provides complete management of patients with serious and unusual complicated infections for children’s and adolescents. It provides the institution with all kinds of infectious disease services such as consultations, inpatient, and outpatient services including the diagnosis and management of organ specific infections (e.g., central nervous system, head and neck, lungs and heart, gastrointestinal system, bone and joints), infections in immunocompromised patients, Kawasaki Disease, tuberculosis, patients with recurrent infections, travel-associated infections, infections with unusual organisms, congenital infections and infections with antimicrobial resistant pathogens.
The Neurodevelopment and Behavioural Clinic is part of the Neurosciences Centre of Excellence which is one among the most advanced facilities in the region that specifically caters to disorders of the nervous system in children. As the only dedicated hospital for children in the UAE, the Centre at Al Jalila Children’s features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and consultants with years of paediatric experience from some of the renowned hospitals around the world.
Neurodevelopmental disorders are disabilities associated primarily with the functioning of the neurological system and brain. Examples of neurodevelopmental disorders in children include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and impairments in vision and hearing. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders can experience difficulties with language and speech, motor skills, behaviour, memory, learning, and/or other neurological functions. The Neurodevelopment and Behavioural Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s works closely with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre to provide extensive support to children and their families.
The Neurology Clinic is part of the Neurosciences Centre of Excellence which is one among the most advanced facilities in the region that specifically caters to disorders of the nervous system in children. As the only dedicated hospital for children in the UAE, the Centre at Al Jalila Children’s features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and consultants with years of paediatric experience from some of the renowned hospitals around the world.
Consultant paediatric neurologists along with specialists cater to a range of disorders of the brain and spinal cord in babies, children and teens, including Epilepsy, Headaches, Migraine, Fits and Faints, Muscle and Nerve disorders. The clinic is supported by trained ancillary staff including nurse practitioners, dieticians, and social workers.
The Neurorehabilitation Clinic is part of the Neurosciences Centre of Excellence which is one among the most advanced facilities in the region that specifically caters to disorders of the nervous system in children. As the only dedicated hospital for children in the UAE, the Centre at Al Jalila Children’s features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and consultants with years of paediatric experience from some of the renowned hospitals around the world.
By focusing on all aspects of a child’s well-being, neurorehabilitation offers a series of therapies from the psychological to occupational, teaching or re-training children on mobility skills, communication processes, and other aspects of a child’s daily routine. Neurorehabilitation also focuses on nutrition, and psychological, and creative parts of a child’s recovery. Al Jalila Children’s neuro-rehab department accepts infants and children up to 16 years for outpatient or inpatient acute/post-acute rehabilitation. We provide physiotherapy, occupational, speech, and language services in addition to orthotic/prosthetic services that are led by experienced therapists.
Peadiatric ophthalmologists focus on the development of the visual system and the various diseases that disrupt visual development in children. Peadiatric ophthalmologists also have expertise in managing the various ocular diseases that affect children. Many ophthalmologists and other physicians refer patients to a peadiatric ophthalmologist for examination and management of ocular problems due to children’s unique needs.
The Orthopaedic Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s is a full-fledged state-of-the-art facility that offers comprehensive orthopaedic care for infants, children, and adolescents.
The Clinic enjoys the uniqueness of being part of a full-fledged world-class paediatric hospital which means that when needed, every child will be assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof, resulting ultimately in a definitive and clear medical solution.
For every condition or injury affecting your child’s bones, joints, muscles or tendons, we have a dedicated team that will work collectively to determine the best course of treatment and outcome. Children are susceptible to broken bones during their childhood and while we manage and treat all kinds of orthopaedic injuries, the Orthopaedic Clinic also cares for children with developmental issues such as cerebral palsy, in addition to managing conditions such as scoliosis, all kinds of back pain, and growing pains.
The Clinic is also at the forefront of treating a wide range of orthopaedic conditions such as:
•Aneurysmal Bone Cyst
•Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
•Anterior Knee Pain
•Back Pain in Children and Adolescents
•Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Injuries
•C1 Atlas Spine Injury
•C2 Axis Spine Injury
•Cerebral Palsy Foot Disorders
•Cerebral Palsy Gait Disorders
•Cerebral Palsy Hip Disorders
•Cerebral Palsy Spinal Disorders
•Congenital Muscular Torticollis
•Congenital Short Femur
•Congenital Vertical Talus
•Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
•Foot, Ankle and Toe Conditions
•Genetic Cervical Spine Conditions
•Giant Cell Tumor of Bone
•Growth Plate Injuries
•Hip Cartilage Tear (Labral Tear)
•Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
•Lower Cervical Spine Injuries: C3-C7
•Osteogenesis Imperfecta in Children
•Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer in Children)
•Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency
•Sequelae (Consequence) of Pediatric Hip Disease
•Sever’s Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis)
•Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
•Soft Tissue Sarcomas
•Spinal Muscular Atrophy
•Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita
•Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome
•Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacral Spine Injuries
•Trauma-related Spine Conditions
•Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb
•Unicameral Bone Cyst
What makes us different?
A dedicated walk-in clinic for fractures to facilitate faster diagnosis and treatment considering patients are children. This way, ortho injuries are attended to faster and more efficiently.
An integrated rehabilitation team which is part of the Neurosciences Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s to assist with outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation as and when required.
The Orthopaedic Clinic team has extensive global paediatric experience and includes American Board certified Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedician with over 20 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery, treatment of fractures and musculoskeletal disorders, complex spinal deformities, and developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy.
The Clinic enjoys the uniqueness of being part of a full-fledged world-class hospital, which means every patient will be assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof resulting in a definitive and clear medical solution.
The Pulmonology Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital is committed to improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents with respiratory problems by providing quality diagnostic and clinical services.
We provide a comprehensive consultation and follow-up on a wide variety of complex respiratory conditions including problematic or poorly controlled asthma, bronchiectasis, congenital lung anomalies, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease as well as a range of sleep disorders. Our evaluation also includes diagnostic imaging, flexible bronchoscopy, pulmonary function testing, exercise stress testing, and allergy skin prick testing.
We offer specialised services for a variety of sleep-disordered breathing and for children requiring non-invasive positive pressure ventilation such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP).
We also provide, in conjunction with other subspecialities, consultation to children with neuro-muscular and airway problems.
Spirometry and Full Lung Function Tests
Spirometry is a breathing test to determine if there has been narrowing of the airways. During the test you/your child will blow into a tube as fast as possible for as long as possible, using effort similar to blowing out birthday candles.
Sometimes as part of this test, medicine (Salbutamol) is given using an inhaler. This is to see if the inhaler can help open up the airways. The test is repeated after twenty minutes (this is how long it takes for the medicine to have optimal effect) to gauge the difference before and after inhalation.
This test looks at how well oxygen in the lungs can get across into the blood. During this test you will need to hold your breath for a few seconds.
Static Lung Volumes
This test determines the size of the lungs, including the volume of air that cannot be blown out. During this test, you will breathe normally on the machine for a few minutes. Sometimes this is done inside a clear see-through box with the door closed.
Impulse Oscillometry is a type of breathing test that looks to see if there is any narrowing of the airways. The test is painless, safe, and easy to perform, and is suitable for young children. The test involves breathing through a mouthpiece with a nose clip on and hands against cheeks. Certain tapping sounds will be audible as the test is being performed.
An exercise induced asthma test helps the doctor detect Exercised Induced Asthma (EIA). Exercise can sometimes narrow the airways in the lungs. The test is painless and safe. The test involves running on a treadmill for a few minutes followed by the spirometry test to gauge if exercise causes narrowing of the airways.
Skin Prick Allergy Test
A skin prick allergy test is done to determine any allergy to food, pets, and/or surroundings and to also gauge the severity of the reaction, if any. The tests are painless and safe but may cause some temporary itching and redness.
Our consultant paediatric rheumatologist specializes in providing comprehensive care to children (as well as their families) with rheumatic diseases, especially arthritis.
The Rheumatology Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s also has a special interest in unexplained rash, fever, arthritis, anemia, weakness, weight loss, fatigue, muscle pain, and autoimmune disease. Our rheumatologist also evaluates juvenile arthritis, spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid syndrome, dermatomyositis, Sjogren’s syndrome, vasculitis, scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, sarcoidosis, Lyme disease, osteomyelitis, relapsing polychondritis, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, serum sickness, reactive arthritis, Kawasaki’s disease, fibromyalgia, erythromelalgia, Raynaud’s disease, growing pains, iritis, and osteoporosis in children.
Four outpatient clinics per week
Patients with rheumatic diseases in need of in-patient hospitalization are admitted to the care of pediatric rheumatology service in subspecialties wards 1 and 2. Patients in need for frequent monitoring may be admitted to high dependency units and / or PICU.
Pediatric rheumatology consultation services are provided to all patients in need of rheumatology opinion admitted under other services in subspecialty wards, PICU, NICU, and emergency departments.
Pediatric patients with rheumatic diseases will benefit from the availability of comprehensive laboratory services and imaging / radiology services at AJCH in addition to availability of many subspecialties at AJCH while undergoing workup and management of their conditions.
Sleep problems are extremely common in children. Studies show that 25 per cent of healthy children under the age of 18 experience sleep difficulties, and 80 per cent of teens have sleeping issues. Sleep problems are even more prevalent in children with medical, developmental and mental health concerns. A lack of quality sleep could impair a child’s ability to concentrate, inhibit the immunity, and in some cases cause long-term lung, hormonal, and heart problems.
The Sleep Centre at Al Jalila Children’s offers a one of a kind service in the Middle East that encompasses an entire sleep umbrella. It includes a state-of-the-art sleep laboratory and behavioural sleep clinic, a medical sleep clinic, and a CPAP adherence programme. We have a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals with expertise in treating sleep disorders in children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents with international standards of care and individualized treatment plans that cater to the requirements of each child and their families.
The Sleep Centre has built a multidisciplinary team of experts all focused on paediatric sleep disorders.
• Paediatric pulmonologists
• Clinical psychologist
• Paediatric sleep technicians
• Paediatric respiratory therapists
• Paediatric nurses
Our team works closely with members of many other programmes and specialities including Paediatric ENT, the Down Syndrome Society, and the gastroenterology, surgery, neurorehabilitation, and mental health departments.
Symptoms we treat:
• Sleep-disordered breathing such as snoring, noisy breathing and mouth breathing
• Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
• Central sleep apnea
• Difficulty falling or staying asleep in infants
• Insomnia in children and adolescents – problems falling asleep, frequent awakenings, difficulty returning to sleep
• Irregular sleep patterns
• Excessive day time sleepiness or fatigue due to medical issues
• Parasomnias such as sleep terrors, sleep walking, teeth grinding (bruxism)
• Periodic limb movements in sleep (frequent kicking or leg jerks while asleep)
• Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
To understand how your child sleeps, we may recommend one or more of the following:
• Overnight Sleep Study or Polysomnogram (PSG)
It records brain waves, eye movements, muscle tone, breathing, oxygen levels, heart rate and rhythm and leg movements.
• Daytime Nap Study or Mean Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
We record your child’s brain and body activity during the day to provide a measure of sleepiness and help make specific sleep disorder diagnoses such as narcolepsy.
• Overnight Oximetry
We place a plastic clip on your child’s finger to track heart rate and blood oxygen content during sleep.
Behavioral Sleep Clinic
We do a comprehensive evaluation of child’s sleep schedule and pattern to understand the underlying issues using evidence-based approach. We also help you set up a healthy sleep routine and assist you in sleep training young children with our team of paediatric pulmonologist and child psychologist specialised in behavioural sleep medicine.
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Therapy
CPAP/BiPAP are non-invasive treatments for sleep apnea that deliver air to your child with the help of a mask to keep the airway open during sleep. This is done to identify the right PAP pressure that a child with sleep apnea requires for better breathing during sleep.
• Continuous Positive Airway Pressure delivers air into the upper airway at an optimal pressure to enable your child to sleep properly.
• Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure uses varied air pressure levels for breathing in and out.
What makes us different?
The Sleep Centre at Al Jalila Children’s is a one of a kind service in the Middle East that encompasses an entire sleep umbrella that includes a state-of-the-art sleep laboratory and behavioural sleep clinic, a medical sleep clinic, and a CPAP adherence programme.
An integrated team with the expertise of paediatric pulmonologists, clinical psychologist, paediatric sleep technicians, paediatric respiratory therapists and paediatric nurses.
A multidisciplinary team of medical professionals with expertise in treating sleep disorders in children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents with international standards of care and individualized treatment plans that cater to the requirements of each child and their families.
The Clinic enjoys the uniqueness of being part of a full-fledged world-class hospital, which means every patient will be assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof resulting in a definitive and clear medical solution.