The Pediatric Sleep Clinic at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital provides assessment and treatment for infants, children, and young adults who have sleep disorders.

Poor quality sleep can affect a child’s behavior—increasing likelihood of irritability and tantrums, for example—and can lead to problems paying attention and completing work in school. Additionally, children and young adults who have episodes of sleepwalking can experience accidents and injuries. Long-term effects of obstructive sleep apnea, on the other hand, can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, and stroke.

The Pediatric Sleep Clinic is the only pediatric sleep center in Iowa that has a dedicated and diverse team of specialists, including expert pediatric sleep specialists; pulmonologists; ear, nose, and throat specialists (otolaryngologists); psychologists; and sleep technicians.

Sleep disorder specialists provide care for patients experiencing a number of sleep-related issues, including:

  • Disruptive patterns of waking and sleep
  • Problems with falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Jerking of the body that disturbs sleep
  • Falling asleep at odd times
  • Seizures during sleep
  • Movement while sleeping, such as head banging
  • Night terrors, sleep walking, or talking in their sleep
  • Snoring or times when breathing stops during sleep

Your Child’s Sleep Study Visit 

Upon arrival at the Pediatric Sleep Clinic for your child’s sleep study appointment, you and your child will meet with a technician who will explain the procedures. One parent/guardian is required to be present for the duration of the study, and will sleep in the same room as the child.

In order to properly monitor your child during sleep, wires may be taped or glued to his or her head, face, chest, leg, and/or finger. These will only be attached at the skin’s surface; there are no needles or invasive procedures.

Your child is encouraged to bring his or her own pajamas, blankets, pillows, and/or anything else that will help them feel comfortable and at home. A technician in another room will monitor your child’s sleep overnight. Once the study is over in the morning, our specialists will evaluate the findings and further recommendations may be made for your child.

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Contact Us

Center for Disabilities and Development
100 Hawkins Drive, Room 213
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Scheduling: 319-353-6900
Toll-Free: 877-686-0031
Fax: 319-356-8284

Hours: Noon – 5 p.m., Thursdays

Parking: Meters in front of CDD

    Locations and Contact

    • Parking:
      Meters in front of CDD
      Center for Disabilities and Development
      Room 213
      100 Hawkins Drive
      Iowa City, Iowa 52242
      • Thursday: noon to 5 p.m.
      • Scheduling: 319-353-6900
      • Toll free: 877-686-0031
      • Fax: 319-356-8284

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