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Pediatric Sleep Medicine & COVID-19

In this episode, we discuss how the recent COVID-19 pandemic is impacting pediatric sleep medicine. Our guest panel from across the country shares results of a recent survey of pediatric sleep provides, how their sleep labs are currently adapting to changing circumstances, solutions for moving clinic visits to telehealth, trainee issues, and PAP concerns. Our sleep psychologist discusses resources for treating acute insomnia related to pandemic. Please note that we made every effort to provide the most uptodate information as possible at the time of recording, but that the situation is very fluid and changing hourly so listeners should check with the most recent updates from their respective professional societies.
Moderator: David Ingram, MD (Children’s Mercy Hospital)
Guests: Maida Chen, MD (Seattle Children’s Hospital), Pallavi Patwari, MD (Rush University Medical Center), Kevin Smith, PhD (Children’s Mercy Hospital), Bobbi Hopkins, MD (Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital), Michael McLeland, PhD (Washington University in St Louis & Board of Directors BRPT)


Additional resources:


ATS COVID-19 Resource Center


AASM resources: 


Insomnia/stress management/mindfulness resources for adults:



Mobile apps:

Headspace (Guided meditation and mindfulness -- free for healthcare professionals, has programming for kids)

CBT-I coach (free insomnia-focused mobile app for adults)

Calm (sleep, meditation, relaxation, has programming for kids)

Smiling Mind (for kids)


Discussing COVID-19 with children: