Avatar universal

Can a baby have narcolepsy?

At 16, my daughter finally had a sleep study. She met the criteria for narcolepsy. What I find puzzling is that her sleep problems were already there in infancy. She did not sleep excessively at first -- just very erratically, in short pieces of time. Even at 6 months old I could put her on her back and she would suddenly be asleep for 5-15 minutes (in the middle of an activity).

1- Can a BABY have narcolepsy?

2- I also very much wonder if ths erratic sleep could either have caused a hypothalmic-pituitary dysfunction she was later diagnosed with (idiopathic and appears to be slowly deteriorating), or, if the hypothalmic-pituitary....whatever... could have caused the sleep dysfunction.

3- Could anything have been done for a BABY with a sleep disorder? I cannot imagine giving a baby meds like my daughter takes now.... yet sleep is so critical... especially to  baby!

Thank you
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
Tough questions. Have you visited some of the major sleep sites where they deal with this all the time? Seems a pediatic neurologist or endocrinologist would be able to answer your questions.
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
Yes, an infant can have narcolepsy.  I found some articles that answered my first question...

Infancy Onset of Symptoms of Narcolepsy in a Child
Manisha B. Witmans and Valerie G. Kirk
Paediatric narcolepsy: complexities of diagnosis.
Hood BM, Harbord MG.

I will try to get hold of the full-text of the articles.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Sleep Disorders Community

Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Healing home remedies for common ailments
Dr. Steven Park reveals 5 reasons why breathing through your nose could change your life
Want to wake up rested and refreshed?
Herpes sores blister, then burst, scab and heal.
Herpes spreads by oral, vaginal and anal sex.
STIs are the most common cause of genital sores.