what to expect from your child’s visit
Regardless of what type of sleep evaluation you are planning, it is important to be well prepared. Below are some helpful tips and answers to frequently asked questions.
what should I bring for the child's visit to the sleep clinic?
- You will be mailed a medical history form and sleep log. Please complete these forms and bring them with you to your child’s sleep clinic appointment.
- The sleep log is important tool to track your child’s sleeping pattern and will give the provider an idea of their sleeping habits.
- If your child uses a CPAP/Bilevel machine, please bring the child's machine and accessories to the sleep clinic appointment.
what to expect at your appointment
- Please arrive 20 minutes early to register for your appointment and plan on spending 40-60 minutes for your appointment.
- Your sleep provider will evaluate your child for sleep disorders and order testing if needed.
what should I bring for my child's sleep study stay?
- One parent or caregiver must accompany all minors and must stay overnight with the patient. The technologist team will expect the assistance of a parent/guardian during the night.
- You will be requested to have your child dress in his/her pajamas (two-piece without feet). Nightgowns and one-piece pajamas sets are not acceptable attire. If you have questions regarding proper sleep wear, please check-in with the lab staff prior to the child's visit.
- You may bring the child's books, toys, a favorite stuffed animal, special pillow and/or blanket, white noise device, and favorite DVD movies (there is a DVD player in each room), if desired.
- You should bring your child's medications or special food needed during his/her stay in the clinic, such as milk bottles. The lab does not provide any of these items.
- You must bring your child's personal toiletries (diapers, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush, shampoo, etc.), and a change of clothes for the next day. The lab provides towels and bedding (but no toiletries), and there is a bathroom in each room.
- Please leave all valuables at home
- Limited family members/friends (1-2) are welcome to accompany you until the child's bedtime.
- If your child uses a CPAP/Bilevel machine, please do not bring the child's machine or accessories unless requested by a sleep physician.
what should parents or caregivers expect when having their child's sleep studied?
- A technologist will greet you and your child in the waiting area of the lab.
- We will apply electrodes and sensors with opportunity for frequent breaks. Your child may watch television or a favorite DVD brought from home. We also offer a supply of entertainment options.
- We expect the parents or caregivers to be active participants during the child's hook-up procedure and remain with the child (under age 18) for the duration of the sleep study. We will provide bedding accommodations.
- We will attempt to adhere to your child's usual bedtime, if possible.
- Your child will be in a monitored environment during the testing procedure; under the care of skilled technologists.
how can the child sleep with all of these things on them?
Most children sleep well in the lab. They may be uneasy about the hook-up, depending on their age, but our experienced technologists will work to reassure them. The body sensors allow the child to turn and move during sleep. Having a parent with the child during the sleep test and overnight stay makes them feel comfortable.
will the sensor devices cause discomfort?
Some children experience temporary discomfort associated with sensors attached under the nose, similar to an oxygen cannula.
what should I expect regarding food service?
The lab is an outpatient facility. Meal service is not provided, except for patients scheduled for daytime nap testing (MSLT or MWT). Please have the child eat dinner prior to arrival. Please bring snacks and drinks.
what are some of the things I should keep in mind during my visit at the sleep clinic?
It is important that your child arrive on time. If you need to cancel the child's overnight sleep appointment, please call 937-641-5004.
No smoking is not allowed on the premises.