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EPNS Webinar: Approach to a Sleepy Child
The excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is a condition characterized by the inability to keep awake during the day, often not recognized or valued in children, with clinical manifestations also of significant impact, both for people & for them suffer from the associated risks.
EDS is a common presenting symptom among children & adolescents, caused by a wide range of sleep disorders & other conditions & it may impair health, development & daily function but is underreported by parents &underdiagnosed by physicians, possibly due to lack of recognition. Externalizing symptoms such as hyperactivity & oppositional behavior in children maybe attributable to EDS & children may not recognize or be able to verbalize the internal state of “sleepiness.” Thus, children & adolescents with EDS often present to primary care pediatricians when parents become concerned about behavioral, mood, &academic issues that they may not attribute to underlying sleep problems. Given the high prevalence & potential health implications, prompt detection, diagnosis, & management of EDS is an essential component of pediatric care.
Studies report rates of EDS due to various etiologies ranging from 10%-20% in prepubertal children & 16%-47% in adolescents. Sleep problems that can cause EDS are present in an estimated 25%-40% of children & adolescents, encompassing behavioral, neurologic, & respiratory disorders. EDS can be manifestation of various sleep or neurological disorders, or more rarely a pathology in its own right in the context of hypersomnia of central origin (i.e. narcolepsy or idiopathic hypersomnia).
Improper diagnosis can lead to inappropriate use of medications that could worsen sleepiness & associated disruptive behaviors. Behavioral & educational interventions are preferred for treatment of most sleep disorders in children; & drug therapies may be effective adjuncts.
This webinar brings child neurologist attention to new knowledge about EDS, narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia.

Sep 8, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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Oliviero Bruni
Professor @Sapienza University - Dept of Developmental and Social Psychology - Via dei Marsi 78 - 00185 Rome, Italy
Oliviero Bruni is Full Professor of Child Neurology and Psychiatry in the Dept. of Developmental and Social Psychology, Sapienza University, Rome. He is founder and Past-President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association, Field Editor of Sleep Medicine, past-member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine and past Chair (2009-2011) of the Childhood Sleep Disorders and Development Section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). He is member of the Education Committee and the Examination Subcommittee of the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS). He organized, acted as Faculty member and invited lecturer in several International Congresses. He is currently involved in the Scientific Committees of the AASM; ESRS and World Sleep Society. He has been involved in sleep research and clinical care in children for over 30 years and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, in addition to books, several book chapters and abstracts.
Maja Steinlin
EPNS Board member and Professor @University Children’s Hospital and University Neurocentre Inselspital, University Bern, Switzerland
Head of Division of Neuropaediatrics, Rehabilitation and Development. Fields of clinical and research interest: Cerebrovascular disorders especially inflammatory and neuroimmunological problems as well as neuroimaging (reorganisation) and outcome. Interest in cerebellar problems esp congenital and early onset ataxias, as well as effect on development and cognition in variable neurological disorders. In addition some special interest in Paediatric Neuroophthalmology. Active in teaching at an universitary level as well as for trainees in Neuropaediatrics and mentoring future paediatric Neurologists.