Sunday, August 12, 2012

New drug may help children with sleep apnea

While most folks consider sleep apnea an adult problem children can also have it as well.  The complications that can occur to children with obstructive sleep apnea can also be just as harmful, such as diabetes, behavioral problems and learning issues.  According to webmd dotcomNew research in the September 2012 issue of Pediatrics suggests an allergy and asthma drug -- montelukast (Singulair, which just went generic) -- may lessen symptoms in children with non-severe apnea and potentially allow them to skip the surgery.”

Another complication with sleep apnea for children is that they are more likely to have other sleep disorder such as night terrors, bedwetting, and snoring. Even infants can have sleep apnea as well

As it is so important to get yourself checked out for sleep apnea, it is just as important to have your child tested as well. The testing for children is pretty much the same as with adults with the best being tested in an overnight study at a sleep clinic. Being hooked up to wires and then trying to sleep is difficult but it is necessary.

Hopefully this new medication will allow some children to bypass the usual cures such as the CPAP machines or even surgery.

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