Sleep Apnea

A child with sleep apnea lays in bed.

When your child doesn’t sleep well at night, is constantly cranky or seems overly sleepy during the day, your child may have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. At Nemours, our sleep medicine experts are board-certified pediatricians and pulmonologists (lung doctors) with special training in evaluating the causes of, and treating sleep disorders such as sleep apnea in children.

Learn More About Sleep Apnea in Children

Most children have a restless night every now and then — but when it becomes a habit and your child is not getting enough sleep or quality sleep because of sleep apnea, it could lead to other physical and mental problems. Sleep apnea in children occurs when kids stop breathing during periods of sleep.

At Nemours, our team of sleep medicine experts will take a complete medical history of your child and perform a complete physical examination.

An overnight sleep study — polysomnography — conducted at one of our Sleep Centers, will measure your child’s quality, quantity, and breathing patterns during sleep to determine if your child has sleep apnea.

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients
  • Patient Registration (PDF)
Returning Patients
  • Release of Information (PDF)
    English | Spanish
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Items to Bring With You and Your Child to the Sleep Center
  • loose-fitting, two-piece pajamas, t-shirt and elastic waistband shorts or a diaper and t-shirt for infants
  • a blanket and pillow will be provided, but you may bring your own, too
  • stuffed animals
  • toothbrush
  • nebulizer or ventilator (if needed)
  • any food items or drinks your child may need during the night – bring all equipment and supplies if tube feeding is required
  • any required medications (in the original containers) your child may need to take at bedtime or during the night
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
  • Patient Registration (PDF)
Returning Patient Forms
  • Release of Information (PDF)
    English | Spanish
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families
Where to Go for Your Child's Sleep Study Appointment

Please do not arrive earlier than your scheduled appointment time for your sleep study.

Your child’s pediatric sleep study will be conducted at the Sleep Disorders Center at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, located at 836 Prudential Drive in Jacksonville. Please enter through the Palm Avenue garage. The Sleep Disorders Center is located on the 7th floor of the Pavilion Building.

We schedule pediatric sleep study appointments during the day and evening. An automated telephone confirmation will call you two days before your appointment.

If your child is scheduled for an overnight sleep study, please check in at the courtesy desk. Security will direct you and your child to the Pavilion Building. When you arrive, press the intercom button and a member of our pediatric sleep medicine team will escort you and your child to a room.

Children participating in a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT) or daytime nap study – requiring five naps in two-hour intervals throughout the day – will be given breakfast and lunch. These tests should be completed by 4:30 p.m.

Overnight sleep studies are typically completed by 6:30 a.m. You and your child will be given a food voucher to be used in the Baptist Medical Center cafeteria.

As a parent, you know the value of a good night’s sleep on your child’s overall well-being. Our pediatric sleep medicine specialists at our Jacksonville clinic, know the value of your child getting a good night’s sleep, too. It not only allows your child’s body to rest from the day’s activities, but it plays an important role in your child’s mental and physical development. That's one reason why Nemours specialist are trained to diagnose and treat sleep apnea in children.

Our team of board-certified sleep medicine specialists, pediatric pulmonologists (lung doctors) and registered sleep technologists have advanced training in pediatric sleep medicine and treating sleep apnea in children.

To diagnose sleep apnea in children, we can schedule a sleep study evaluation conducted at the pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at Wolfson Children’s Hospital — one of the many health care providers we partner with to ensure the Nemours quality of care. This study will help our specialists get to the bottom of what’s going on, and address ways to help your child start sleeping — and feeling better again.