Obstructive sleep apnea in Children is a condition that prevents children from having a restful sleep that could lead to learning, growth and behaviour problems. Breathing problems while sleeping due to some blockage in the airways could cause children to have disturbed sleep. Loud snoring, sweating, irritability and daytime sleepiness are the signs and symptoms of this disorder.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is usually carried out by a paediatrician who will conduct a sleep study in order to learn more about the sleep patterns in detail. Sensors will be placed at a few areas on the child’s body. These will then be hooked to a computer in order to take a reading of the breathing patterns and eye movements.
HOW IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA IN CHILDREN TREATED?
Most children with obstructive sleep apnea outgrow this problem as their throats and airways grow. If the problem is being caused due to large tonsils then surgery to remove tonsils is recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
80-90% of obstructive sleep apnea in children is caused due to large tonsils.