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At one time or another, most parents have coped with a child who will not sleep. Sleep disturbances are common in childhood, with almost 20-40 percent of children having experienced them at some point while growing up. Sleep disturbances can be caused by true sleep disorders, neurological problems, heart and lung problems, gastrointestinal disturbances, behavioral and developmental disorders, as well as psychiatric disorders.

A sleep medicine specialist can help determine if your child's sleep disturbance is due to a true sleep disorder and treat the specific sleep disorder. Early diagnosis and treatment will promote a child's long-term health and well-being. Our sleep medicine specialists can provide diagnosis, management, and treatment of sleep disorders in newborns, children, and adolescents.

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Pediatric Sleep Study

The pediatric sleep study helps provide diagnosis and treatment of breathing difficulties during sleep in infants, children and adolescents, difficulties falling or staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, and unusual sleep-related behaviors.

Diagnosis may include:

  • History and physical examination

  • Sleep questionnaire

  • Sleep diary

  • Overnight oximetry

  • Polysomnography (sleep study)

  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)

Sleep problems usually need to be approached by sleep medicine specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists, behavioral specialists, otolaryngologists, and pediatric lung specialists. Your child may need to be evaluated by multiple specialists in order to resolve their sleep problems.


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Brian M. McGinley, M.D.

Dr. McGinley received his medical degree from the Ohio State University School of Medicine, completed his Pediatric residency and Sleep Medicine fellowship at Tulane University, and his Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He was on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University for 8 years. Dr. McGinley is board-certified in Pediat... Read More

Britta T. Schaer, P.A.

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Britta Schaer received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Utah, School of Medicine. She is a NCCPA board certified physician assistant. Prior to joining the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Primary Children´s Medical Center as a physician assistant, she spent nearly 10 years practicing a... Read More

Jonathan R. Skirko, M.D., M.H.P.A., M.P.H.

Dr. Skirko is an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology with clinical research and clinical practice based at Primary Children's Medical Center. He has a passion for the care of children with cleft lip or cleft palate. He has created a quality of life instrument to better measure and understand how difficulties with speec... Read More


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Chee Chun Tan, M.D.

Dr. Chee C. Tan received his medical degree from University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and completed his pediatric residency at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. He completed both his Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship and Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He also has a Master of Science degre... Read More

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