Sleep Apnea Treatment for Children
Sleep Apnea in Children: What You Need to Know
Sleep apnea is more frequently found in older adults and men are two to three times more likely to have it than women. Awareness of sleep apnea has grown significantly and patients are recognizing the need to seek professional care. But there is one group of sufferers who are commonly overlooked because their sleep apnea is mistaken for another condition–children.
Untreated sleep apnea for a patient at any age can have a possibility of various health risks. It’s estimated that 1 to 4 percent of children suffer from sleep apnea, many of them being between 2 and 8-years-old. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the condition and can majorly impact your child’s wellbeing, but many studies have found that sleep apnea in children is often misdiagnosed.
There are 6.4 million children in America who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but the American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that as many as 25 percent of children with ADHD actually have sleep apnea. A child’s learning difficulty and behavioral problems may be caused by their lack of sleep which provokes them to be more hyperactive. This is the main misleading reason that kids aren’t receiving proper treatment for their condition.
Causes & Symptoms of a Child’s Sleep Apnea
Discovering whether your child is suffering from sleep apnea instead of ADHD is crucial for their health and treatment process. Development issues are often a principal factor for children with sleep apnea. The size of their tongue, jaw, adenoids, or tonsils is often responsible for their OSA. Weight gain and allergies can also be factors that contribute to your child’s sleep condition.
Dr. Takacs may be the first to realize the developmental issues in your child that could be related to sleep apnea. As a certified sleep dentist, she has expert knowledge of the airway and can recognize when there are plausible complications.
There are many symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea that are common between children and adults. Daytime drowsiness, loud snoring, restless sleep, irritability, and frequent pauses in breathing followed by loud gasping noises are all likely symptoms to experience as a sleep apnea sufferer
The distinctive OSA symptoms found in children include:
- Night Sweats
- Poor attention span
- Behavioral and academic issues at school
Suitable Treatment for Your Child
If you have noticed your child has been experiencing some of these symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, don’t refrain from seeking a proper diagnosis from a sleep pediatrician. It is important to receive expert knowledge from a certified sleep specialist because of how often sleep apnea is misdiagnosed in children.
As an experienced sleep dentist, Dr. Takacs will be sure to notify you if she notices a possible sign of sleep apnea in your child. We will help you find the right sleep pediatrician and necessary treatment. Since enlarged tonsils or adenoids are generally causing your child to snore and obstruct their airway, surgery is typically the recommended treatment.
Please give us a call or schedule an appointment if you have any questions about sleep apnea or if you suspect your child may be suffering from it.