Sleep disorders and breathing disorders during sleep are among the most common issues parents deal with in childhood. These disorders may result in daytime dysfunction including learning and behavioral disabilities, as well as long term pulmonary, endocrine and heart disease. Obtaining a diagnosis and managing sleep problems early may help children avoid consequences that can affect them in adulthood.
At the Weill Cornell Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center, we offer expert diagnosis, treatment and care for sleep disorders for children of all ages. Directed by Dr. Haviva Veler, MD,, our pediatric sleep team is skilled in the evaluation and management of children with behavioral and physiological sleep disorders. Dr. Veler is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine, and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We know the importance of your pediatrician in the comprehensive care of your child, and will promptly and thoroughly communicate with him or her – your child's pediatrician is always part of our care team.
At the Weill Cornell Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center, we strive to:
In young children, the most common reason for sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils and adenoids and surgical removal of these structures will resolve the apnea in most cases. In other cases, young patients have other reasons for apnea, such as obesity, narrow facial structure, muscle weakness, or residual apnea after surgical interventions. Our areas of expertise include:
When needed, the Pediatric Sleep Center team closely collaborates with medical and surgical pediatric sub-specialists at the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health, one of the nation's top-ranked Children's Hospitals, providing multidisciplinary care tailored for each child.