Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Children with sleep apnea

Adults aren’t the only ones who can have sleep apnea children also may suffer from it. Unlike symptoms found in adults where loud and interrupted snoring occurs, in children it isn’t that easy to detect. Although heavy snoring is also found in kid’s sleep apnea there are other common signs that your child has sleep apnea
  • Attention problems
  • Lack of weight gain
  • Mouth breathing
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Enlarged tonsils

Adults who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea tend to be overweight but that isn’t necessarily the case with children who have it. Although children who do have a weight problem may exacerbate the condition.

Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the most common reason that children have sleep apnea. Tonsillectomy is a common surgery for hundreds of thousands of children every year.

Children can also be fitted for the cpap machine. A cpap machine delivers air through a hose that is connected to a mask worn over the face. The constant air keeps the air passage open. This usually isn’t recommended for children because they have a difficult time adjusting to the cumbersome mask.

As with adults children who are thought to have sleep apnea should seek out a doctor right away.

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