At The Valley Hospital, we are dedicated to providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care to newborns, infants, children and adolescents experiencing sleep disorders and related breathing problems. For 18 years, our Director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., MS, who is board-certified in sleep medicine, pediatric pulmonary and pediatrics, has devoted herself to caring for children and adolescents by keeping to date with the latest advances in pediatrics, pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine. Kim Cahill, RN, MSN, APN, CPNP-PC, has 17 years of experience in pediatric sleep medicine and works closely with Dr. Zandieh to address sleep problems for all patients. To learn more about Dr. Zandieh, Kim Cahill and our team, please click here.
About Pediatric Sleep Medicine
Sleep is vital! Poor sleep and sleep deprivation are associated with cognitive impairment, obesity, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood disturbances, daytime behavior problems, diabetes and hypertension. By focusing on this important yet often neglected aspect of health, Dr. Zandieh strives to optimize a child's potential.
Some of the most common sleep disorders to affect children from birth to young adulthood are apnea of prematurity, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, behavioral sleep-related problems, restless leg syndrome, delayed sleep phase disorder, parasomnias and narcolepsy.
Risk factors for sleep disorders might include obesity, craniofacial disorders that affect breathing, lung disease, large tonsils and adenoids, depression, metabolic syndrome, behavioral sleep issues, hormones, thyroid disease, anxiety, asthma, and epilepsy. Children with down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular disorders are also at risk for sleep disorders.
Symptoms of pediatric sleep disorders might include:
- snoring or noisy breathing during sleep
- excessive daytime sleepiness or trouble focusing
- attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- irritability during the day
- difficulty falling or staying asleep
Sleep problems often require a combination of treatment modalities. By collaborating with parents, we help our patients attain the foundations of good sleep for the rest of their lives as well as treat medical problems that may co-exist.
Patients may be referred to the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center by their pediatricians or other physicians, or parents may call directly to make an appointment. Our team’s systematic approach to treating sleep disorders includes a medical consultation, evaluation, testing/sleep monitoring, diagnosis, and a recommended treatment plan. Consultations and Sleep tests take place at our Pediatric Sleep Laboratory at 579 Franklin Turnpike in Ridgewood, NJ. Please click here for directions.