Discovering Children’s Sleep Apnea
It’s uncommon to think that sleep apnea affects little kids, especially when the most prevailing factors associated with the disorder relate to middle-aged, overweight men. It may come as a surprise that obstructive sleep apnea affects between one and 4% of children between the ages of two and eight.
Why aren’t more people aware of sleep apnea in children? Isn’t it dangerous? Due to similar symptoms, doctors are completely misdiagnosing the sleep disorder as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Studies found that as many as 25% of children with ADHD actually have OSA.
If your son or daughter has difficulty learning or portrays abnormal behavior, it may be due to their lack of quality sleep. Enlarged tonsils or adenoids may also be a contribution to their insufficient rest, as well as obesity or being overweight.
Learn about the symptoms of your kid’s potential sleep apnea and see what the next step is to receive effective treatments.
Symptoms of the Disorder
Your child may have been diagnosed with ADHD but you’re still seeing unusual signs that are affecting their health and wellbeing. Knowing about the symptoms of children’s OSA can motivate you to seek treatment from a doctor to help avoid any future risks. These symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Pauses in breath at night
- Mouth breathing
- Poor attention span
- Behavioral issues
- Drowsiness and irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
Diagnosis & Treatment
If you suspect your child has obstructive sleep apnea, especially if they already have been previously diagnosed with ADHD, taking them to their pediatrician for a sleep test will be the best way to determine their condition.
Once your little one’s condition is completely diagnosed, their necessary treatment may vary depending on the cause of their OSA. Some children may be recommended a CPAP machine, an oral appliance, or medications for their allergies or respiratory disorders.
Talk With Dr. Pearson Today
If you have questions about your child’s potential sleep disorder, visit Staten Island Dental Sleep Health to discuss your worries with Dr. Pearson. He can help recommend sleep physicians with pediatric experience to diagnose your little boy or girl so they can sleep through the night without any interruptions.
No child deserves to have difficulties learning at school or growing up due to an impaired night’s sleep. With our help, you can uncover the truth behind their condition today.