Sleep Apnea

Also Affects Children

Sleep apnea also affects children. Usually this is due to the child having large tonsils and/or adenoids that obstruct the airway; just like in adults, often snoring is a sign of an obstructed airway. It’s not “cute” when your child snores just like Daddy. Typically, children do not snore as loudly as an adult, but any airway noise is a concern. It is a serious health problem and has been shown to lower their IQ by as much as 10 points. Some of the problems common in children that have been linked to sleep apnea include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD
  • Mood disorders
  • Bed wetting
  • Problems learning
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Difficulty coping
  • Frequent tantrums or “melt downs”
  • Fight bedtime
  • Get up frequently during the night
  • Night Terrors
  • Unusual Sleeping Positions ( especially an arched neck)

Your child does NOT need to have ALL of these issues to be diagnosed with sleep disorder breathing. Any one of these can be a clue to this disorder. If you suspect your child may have an airway problem during sleep, please call our office for a consultation and screening. THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT TO IGNORE OR TAKE A “WAIT AND SEE” APPROACH!!

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