Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sleep apnea can be a problem for children

In my own sleep apnea story I really didn’t develop the sleep disorder till I was in my thirties.  I’m not quite sure why but I assume it had to do with the fact that I gained a lot of weight and due to a back problem I had to sleep on back instead of my stomach or side. Did I have sleep apnea before that? I might have but no one ever talk about it when I was younger.  In today’s world sleep apnea is well known to be found in folks of all ages, from babies to kids to adults. It seems that sleep apnea can be more of a problem then you think for children.
What are the causes of sleep apnea in children?
Like adults obesity is a leading cause of sleep apnea. The more weight that you carry around especially around your neck causes blockage in the airway of your throat. Since childhood obesity is such a major problem today this also leads to an increase in diabetes for children.  Other causes of sleep apnea for children are an enlarged tongue and tonsils.
It is also found that kids who have sleep apnea are also more likely to have other sleep disorders such as bedwetting, night terrors and snoring.  This may also contribute to learning problems and behavioral issues.
Surprisingly enough infants can also have sleep apnea as well, with the blockage of the airway as a cause.
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