Does Your Child Have Sleep Apnoea? What You Need to Know

sleeping babySleep apnoea can affect all ages. This medical condition can even affect children. Approximately 1 to 4 percent of children in the United States are diagnosed with sleep apnoea, according to the American Sleep Apnoea Association. This is why if you are a parent, you should learn how to recognise whether or not your child may have sleep apnoea. An article from has recently talked about some facts about childhood sleep apnoea which you need to know.

  • Sleep apnoea can happen at any age, but it’s most common in children ages 3 to 7 and during middle school.  

  • When kids are having the greatest growth compared to their height, that’s when they’re most at risk.

  • While enlarged tonsils and adenoids are usually the culprit, obesity is also a major reason why kids get sleep apnoea. In fact, up to 60 percent of obese children have obstructive sleep apnoea, according to Sleep Medicine Reviews.

  • Children who snore every night with laboured breathing are a cause for concern.

  • Children with sleep apnoea may also be restless sleepers, wake up multiple times throughout the night, experience morning headaches and daytime sleepiness.

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea has also been linked to attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, irritability and behavioural problems.

  • Children with the condition are more likely to have learning problems and poor academic performance, according to a recent study in the journal Sleep.

  • Children with severe sleep apnoea may even have high blood pressure and heart conditions.

  • Parents need to be aware that snoring is a medical condition. It’s important to have your child examined by his or her paediatrician who will look for enlarged tonsils and adenoids. From there, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist will recommend the best course of action.

  • Surgery is usually the best option for children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, yet studies show that sleep apnoea can’t be diagnosed with a physical exam, so an overnight sleep study in a paediatric sleep laboratory is recommended. During the non-invasive, painless test, sensors are placed on your child to monitor his or her breathing.  

  • For children who don’t have enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or for whom surgery either isn’t appropriate or doesn’t cure the sleep apnoea, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask that opens the upper airway may help

  • If your child is overweight or obese, losing weight can greatly reduce sleep apnoea symptoms.

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