What will happen in the study?
This study lasts for 18 hours and includes single visit. The following is a list of procedures that will take place during the study:
- Blood tests
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood pressure measurements
- Sleep measurements
- Breathing tests
What are the bad things that can happen from this research?
More extensive information about study risks and procedures will be given before study participation begins.
Questionnaires: These are short sets of questions about your child’s health, exercise and sleep that will take about 30 minutes to answer. It will be explained to your child that there are no wrong answers. They may choose not to answer any questions that are uncomfortable to them.
Blood Samples: The risks of drawing blood include minor pain, bruising, or rarely, infection at the site of the needle stick. A numbing cream is used on the skin to make this as comfortable as possible.
Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Blood Pressure Measurements: With blood pressure measurements, inflation of the cuff can cause temporary discomfort from tightness. The fingers and hand can sometimes feel cold and tingly while the cuff is tight. Rarely, there can be redness or a bruise from the cuff.
With the ECG, there can occasionally be redness to the skin from the bandage-like patches.
Sleep Measurements: The sleep patches for the overnight sleep study are attached with paste and tape and may cause some irritation of the skin. Sleeping overnight away from home can be distressing for some children and sleeping with the monitors attached to your child’s skin may make your child uncomfortable or wake your child up during the night. However, you or another family member will sleep in the same room so your child will not be alone during the sleep study. You will be able to see all of the sleep study procedures.
Apnea and Paced breathing: Paced breathing may cause your child to be lightheaded. If so he/she will be asked to decrease the rate and depth of breathing. The breath holds may be uncomfortable. There is a small possibility that this may cause slowing of your child’s heart rate.