How is narcolepsy treated?
At the Children’s Hospital Colorado Sleep Center, we have a complete narcolepsy program. Our goal is to educate children and their parents about narcolepsy, its effect on school and daytime function and how best to make life normal for the child. We work to make sure children with narcolepsy feel normal during the day, do well in school and are not victims of bullying or special attention that embarrasses them.
Our treatment program involves education of the school nurse, teacher and counselors, with continued communication between our sleep team and school personnel in regards to how the child is doing during the daytime. We treat sleepiness with medication, a daytime nap if possible and exercise. We treat cataplexy with different medications. During clinic visits, we fine-tune medications until the child feels awake, happy and is able to do well without many symptoms.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s narcolepsy?
At Children’s Hospital Colorado, our sleep specialists provide state-of-the-art care in narcolepsy. We perform research and communicate our data with other national sleep centers about the best ways to improve care for children with this disorder. New and more effective treatments are on the horizon.