Sleep Clinic

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)

 

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.

Services

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.

 

Sleep Studies

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.

 

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.

Team

Dr. Rizwana Popatia

Paediatric Pulmonologist

Dr. Habib Abdullah

Paediatric Clinical Psychologist

Joel Sánchez

Pulmonary Function Technologist

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Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates
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