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How to Diagnose Sleep Apnea in Children

How to Recognize Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children

Sleep apnea in adults is usually pretty easy to diagnose but when it comes to children it can be more difficult. Often sleep apnea occurs in adults who are overweight, but that is not necessarily the case with children so it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea in children.

Snoring in children is quite common, but when the snoring becomes continuous, that is when you need to take notice. There are other symptoms you should look for in children because unfortunately, they often cannot tell you themselves what the problem is. Here are some frequent symptoms of sleep apnea in children to look for:

• General problems with sleeping, particularly restless sleep that is constantly interrupted

• Daytime behavioral problems such as aggressive behavior or hyperactivity or difficulty in paying attention

• Breathing through the mouth instead of through the nose

• Enlarged adenoids and tonsils

• Failure to thrive normally including unusual weight loss or gain

Generally sleep apnea in children is recognized by one or more of these symptoms that can occur. The most prevalent symptoms are the enlarged tonsils and adenoids and breathing through the mouth. If you suspect your child has sleep apnea is important that you have the child evaluated by a specialist or pediatric physician who can make recommendations for treatment.

Some treatments for children with sleep apnea can involve weight loss if they are overweight, but there are often other medical conditions that might contribute to sleep apnea such as allergies or nasal obstructions. A common treatment often involves surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids to relive the sleep apnea.

If not treated properly, sleep apnea in children can become increasingly unhealthy for the child over the long term leading to high blood pressure, headaches or other medical complications. It is a leading cause of problems with children in school with behavior issues due to lack of proper sleep making it imperative that you ensure that the sleep apnea is treated when the symptoms first appear.

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