Sleep Apnea in Children

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.

Signs and Symptoms in Children Can Include:

  • Incontinence during the night
  • Headaches
  • Night terrors and nightmares
  • Tossing and turning
  • Odd sleep positions
  • Mouth breathing and/or snoring
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Teeth grinding
  • Pain in the fingers

Complications of Sleep Disorders in Children

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 complications 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: The Earlier, the Better

“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.”

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