Sleep Apnea in Children

Sleep apnea occurs in children as well as adults. Learn more about the signs and how you can help your kiddo get back to a good night's sleep.

Children who have sleep apnea can sometimes be misdiagnosed as having attention deficit disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They also might be misdiagnosed as having other learning or behavioral impairments, leading to unnecessary medications being prescribed for them.

Even though sleep apnea is found in adults much more often than in children, otherwise healthy children can certainly suffer from the condition, as well. Symptoms in children are often not as severe as in adults, but they can still impact sleep quality and impede a child’s development.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children

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Impact of Pediatric Sleep Disorders

When a child’s sleep is continuously interrupted due to a sleeping disorder, the body can suffer from a lack of oxygen, as well as a lack of growth hormones being released. The body requires oxygen to fully mature, and growth hormones are normally released during sleep.

Some long-term consequences of sleep disorders in children include:

  • Memory loss
  • Social isolation and withdrawal
  • Depression
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Delayed development
  • Nervous system dysfunctions
  • Hyperactivity
  • Learning problems
  • Impaired intelligence

Early Detection is Critical

It’s possible to guide proper skeletal growth to encourage normal airway development while children are still growing. The ideal age for treatment of sleep disorders in children is from two to five, when much of the growth of the head, airway, and neck take place.

Dr. Krish often guides each child’s treatment to include custom oral appliances; these appliances can assist in proper jaw development, improve skeletal symmetry, open the child’s airway during sleep, and more.

Get Help for Your Child

If your child is suffering from pediatric sleep apnea, call Dr. Krish. She can help your child get back to a good night’s sleep fast.