Comprehensive medical care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents experiencing breathing and sleep disorders.
Click here to read a special article Children's Sleep Problems Are a Wake-Up Call for Parents by Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center.
Early Identification is Essential
Treating Sleep Disorders
Infant Home Monitoring
Experts in the Field
Early Identification is Essential
Each year, the lives of millions of children are disturbed, disrupted or destroyed by sleep disorders. Getting infants and children to bed and to sleep through the night is a struggle for many parents. In fact, 20 to 30% of children under the age of five have some type of sleep problem.
Of course not all sleep problems represent sleep disorders which deal with the actual structure and quality of sleep and can have serious health implications. While some sleep problems are due to developmental issues and may come and go, others persist or worsen over time.
There are a variety of pediatric sleep disorders, many of which exhibit symptoms such as:
- Snoring or noisy breathing during sleep
- Problems breathing at night
- Mouth breathing while awake
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Attention deficit hyperactivity
- Irritability during the day
- School difficulties
- Odd sleep behaviors
- Bedtime problems
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Bed wetting
If left untreated, sleep disorders can seriously effect a childs health. Early accurate diagnosis and management of these conditions is essential to prevent these disorders from being the basis for long-term medical and psycho-social problems.
A Systematic Approach for Treating Sleep Disorders
This is why The Valley Hospitals Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center is committed to accurately diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, which have long-term implications. Our physicians, nurses, registered polysomnographic technicians, respiratory therapists and staff are exclusively pediatric trained and focused, assuring the highest level of care for your child.
At an initial meeting at our Center, our board-certified physician will meet with you and your child to perform a physical evaluation and gain a thorough understanding of your childs medical history and sleep patterns. We will discuss:
- Behavioral problems and patterns
- Sleeping problems and patterns
- Developmental issues
The Sleep Lab, located at 579 Franklin Turnpike in Ridgewood, NJ, uses the latest technology and a fully computerized laboratory to accurately monitor a childs sleeping patterns permitting accurate diagnosis and appropriate choices for treatment. Fortunately there are many effective treatments for sleep disorders.
Medication In some cases medication will be prescribed to combat symptoms that are interfering with sleep.
Non-surgical Children may be treated with dental appliances, which move the jaw forward while sleeping. Some may be given a breathing machine to maintain enough air pressure to keep the air passage open after your child falls asleep.
Surgical In some instances, children may need surgery to eliminate an obstruction or blockage to their breathing.
Infant Home Monitoring
While your baby was in the hospital, it was recommended that he be placed on an infant home monitor. A home monitor is usually prescribed for infants that are:
- Diagnosed with unresolved sleep apnea
- The sibling of a SIDS victim
- Have gastroesophogeal reflux potentially affecting breathing patterns
- Have a history of an apparent life threatening event
About the Monitor
A home infant apnea monitor is designed to continuously measure your babys breathing and heart rate. It is designed to alert the caregiver of significant changes in your babys breathing or heart rate.
Prior to discharge, the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center will arrange for a durable medical equipment provider to deliver the monitor and its related supplies to you at the hospital. They will also ensure that you and all caregivers:
- Receive CPR training
- Are taught exactly how to respond to any alarms including instructions on when and whom to call
Immediately following discharge and throughout the time your child requires home monitoring, the Centers staff will be available to answer your questions, address your concerns and provide you with the support and guidance you need to care for your infant.
On an on-going basis, the recordings from the monitor will be transmitted to our Center for evaluation and our specialty-trained physician will examine your baby. During this time we will discuss with you the information recorded by the monitor, track your babys progress and make recommendations regarding further treatment. We will also work with your pediatrician to coordinate other necessary medical services.
Experts in the Field
The Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Centers staff includes two full-time, board-certified neonatologists, nurse practitioners, registered polysomnographic technicians, respiratory therapists, an R.N. program coordinator and pediatric home care nurses with expertise in pulmonary disorders. In addition, when needed, we call upon the skills offered by the pediatric subspecialists on staff at The Valley Hospital.
Tracy Carbone, M.D., Director
Dr. Carbone is a graduate of the University of Medicine & Surgery, Padua, Italy. She completed residency training in Pediatrics and fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Georgetown University Childrens Hospital, Washington D.C.
Dr. Carbone received specialized training in Pediatrics Sleep Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is the former Director of the Center for Disorders of Infant Respiratory Control at St. Peters Medical Center, New Brunswick and is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical School in NYC. She is board-certified in Sleep Medicine, and is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Pediatrics and the Subspecialty Board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
Directions to The Valley Hospital Kireker Center for Child Development, located at 505 Goffle Road, Ridgewood
From Route 287
Take Route 287 to the Franklin Lakes/Route 208 South exit. Continue on Route 208 for 5.2 miles. Take the second Goffle Road exit towards Midland Park/Ridgewood. The Center is located one-half mile down the road on your right at 505 Goffle Road.
From Route 4 West
Take Route 4 West until it divides into Oakland/Route 208 North. Follow Route 208 North approximately 4 miles to the first Goffle Road exit towards Midland Park/Ridgewood. The Center is located one-half mile down the road on your right at 505 Goffle Road.
From the New Jersey Turnpike
Take the Turnpike to Route 80 West. Take Route 80 local to Route 17 North. Take Route 17 to Route 4 West. Follow directions From Route 4 West written above. The Center is located one-half mile down the road on your right at 505 Goffle Road.
From Garden State Parkway
Take the Parkway to Route 4 West. Follow signs for Route 4 West. Follow directions from Route 4 West written above. The Center is located one-half mile down the road on your right at 505 Goffle Road.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call our Center at 201-447-8152.
The Valley Hospital offers a wide array of women's and children's services, including The Center for Childbirth, The Fertility Center, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, The Center for Family Education, Pediatrics, and The Kireker Center for Child Development. Maternal and Child Health services are provided in the home by Valley Home Care.