Sleep Apnea in Children -Knowing the Signs

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When you think of sleep apnea you probably think of a middle aged person, possibly overweight but you certainly would not think of a child suffering from this. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.

In this article  we found some very useful tips for parents to know the symptoms of sleep apnea.  It seems that a lot of children with sleep apnea have been diagnosed with other disorders like ADHD, and so on even though they do not fit this patient profile.

Symptoms of child sleep apnea

In case you feel worried that your child having problems with sleep may be an indication of sleep apnea, here are a couple of sleep apnea symptoms you can be on the lookout for. Some of these signs may occur during the day, while most of these symptoms can be observed while they’re asleep

  • About 10% of children who snore while sleeping have sleep apnea.
  • Daytime sleepiness.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • The difficulty with concentration.
  • Breathing pauses during sleep.
  • Poor performance at school.
  • Poor attention span.
  • Behavioral issues

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