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Nemours Childrens Sleep Center Opening

Friday, Dec 16, 2016

On Monday, December 19, the new Nemours Children’s Sleep Center opened for the children and families of Northwest Florida. As the only pediatric facility in Escambia County, the center is expected to see more than 500 patients each year.

All children need a good night’s sleep — and when they don’t get enough sleep or good quality sleep, it can affect how they feel, act and perform in school.

Nemours’ board-certified sleep medicine and pulmonology experts have special training to diagnose, evaluate the causes of, and treat sleep disorders in children such as sleep apnea, insomnia, delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS), narcolepsy, nightmares and restless leg syndrome. And, for children who have additional medical needs including tracheotomies and chiari malformation, it is even more imperative that they are seen by pediatric sleep specialists who are specifically trained to meet their needs.

Most adult labs do not accept children, and even if they did, there is a significant difference in the diagnosis and management of sleep disorders in toddlers versus teens. The sleep center is specifically designed with children in mind with the goal of making their visit as comfortable as possible. Children as young as newborns up to 18 years old will be seen at the center.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.