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Does Your Child have Sleep Apnea?

The main symptom of sleep-disordered breathing is loud snoring.  If it is present every night, no matter what position they sleep in, and they gasp and snort, snore then your child probably has obstructive sleep apnea.  Ten percent of children snore and then 10 percent of those of obstructive sleep apnea. That means one percent of all children have obstructive sleep apnea.

Problems associated with sleep-disordered breathing:

If siblings share a room with a snorer then they will not get a good night’s sleep either.

The child can get inattentive in school and misbehave.  If your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD it may be caused by poor sleep.  I would suggest a consultation with a sleep doctor or otolaryngologist-ENT

Bed wetting can also be a symptom.  You make more urine if there are airway problems.  

Slow growth or development can be a problem, too.  Human growth hormone is secreted at nighttime. If you are not sleeping properly then the hormone is not released during sleep.    

Enlarged tonsils are the usual cause for child sleep apnea. 90% success rate is found with having tonsils and adenoids removed.  This surgery does have its risks, though.

 

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