Does your child have sleep disorder breathing? Daytime symptoms and nighttime symptoms of childhood sleep apnea

Childhood sleep disorder breathing (or sleep apnea) is very serious disease that can affect the overall physical and mental development of your child. I can not stress enough…that if you suspect your child has sleep apnea please talk to your pediatrician or dentist about it.

Here are the daytime symptoms of childhood sleep disorder breathing to look for:

  1. Mouth breathing. These children have a difficult time breathing through their nose because of having such problems like: having a deviated septum or because of allergies. When children constantly breath through thier mouth it can also change their facial development.

  2. ADD or ADHD . These children have problems with paying attention because of the oxygen deprivation along with sleep deprivation. Imagine holding your breath hundreds of times a night while your sleeping, then imagine trying to listen to a teacher’s lecture and learn.

  3. Hyperactivity. Children are not like adults when they are sleep deprived, adults get sleepy and lethargic. While children get hyper when they are sleep deprived.

  4. Behavior problems. These children have a difficult time navigated through lives and act out because of it.

  5. Failure to thrive. Failure to thrive means having difficulty learning and doing well school, making friends, and being overall successful.

  6. Stinted growth. Children with childhood sleep apnea growth get stinted, because children (and adults) grow when your asleep. If you have sleep disorder that constantly disrupts your sleep your not going to grow and repair your body as fast.

  7. Frequent memory problems.

  8. Wakes up frequently with headaches or very disoriented.

  9. Frequent allergies or upper respiratory infections.

  10. Large tonsils and adenoids.

  11. High blood pressure

  12. Depression.

  13. Feels tired all of the time.

  14. Excessive irritability.

  15. Constant puffy eyelids with dark circles.

Here are some night time symptoms to look for:

  1. Snoring or nocturnal snorting (children aren’t really suppose to snore, always report this to pediatrician).

2 .Wakes up short of breath or choking.

3 .Restless sleeping (Frequent moves around in his or her sleep, especially after loud snores).

  1. Night sweats.

  2. Rapid breathing in his or her sleep.

  3. Severe bed wetting.

  4. Frequent nightmares or night terrors.

  5. Frequent awakenings.

  6. Sleeps in strange positions.

  7. Chest retraction in young child (chest pulls in).

Childhood sleep disorder breathing or sleep apnea only effects 1 to 4% of the US population. But treating this disorder and not ignoring it can change a child’s life.

This is great information, thank you.
Is a pediatric overnight sleep study the same as for adults?
I have heard that the diagnostic AHI is different for children, can you explain how that works?

My child has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and at the moment she is untreated, should she wear a cpap? Where is the best clinic to take her for the best treatment?