Sleep in Development (Child) (SLEE5019)


Aims: To understand sleep and sleep disorders during early development; to be introduced to paediatric sleep medicine and patient management. Content: Development of Respiratory Control: Respiratory control and its relationship to the sleep-wake cycle is not constant throughout life, but displays marked changes during development. These developmental stages are discussed from fetal biophysical states through to childhood are discussed in this module. Central Apnoea and OSA in Children: The occurrence and clinical significance of these conditions are examined. Paediatric Parasomnias: Parasomnias that are of interest in paediatrics are discussed, from night terrors to SIDS. Medical Management of Paediatric Sleep Disorders: The diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in children. Dental Management of Paediatric Sleep Disorders: Identification of the role of Dentistry in sleep disorders in children, and exploration of dental treatment options.

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~2 hours online lectures over 1 semester plus directed reading and independent study


1x 2400 word literature review (50%), 1xexam (50%)

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