We recognize that every parent’s priority is the overall health and wellbeing of their developing child. As a parent it is important to remember that obstructive sleep apnea does not have age boundaries. It is a common condition in childhood and, when left untreated, can result in severe complications including:
- Delayed development
- Impaired intelligence
- Dysfunction of the nervous system
- Memory loss and depression
- Weight gain and obesity
Sleep apnea can also result in behavioral issues related to:
- Decreased performance and learning problems in school
- Social isolation, withdrawal
What Signs To Look For When Monitoring Your Child:
- Does your child wake in the morning in the same position in which they went to sleep?
- In the morning, are your child’s bed sheets nicely placed or strewn all about the bed?
- Does your child have dark circles under their eyes?
- Does your child seem inattentive?
- Does your child grind their teeth at night?
In addition to snoring, symptoms may include:
- Tooth grinding
- Mouth breathing
- Restlessness during sleep
- Sleeping in odd positions
- Periods of not breathing
- Night terrors
- Recurrent ear infections
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
- Poor concentration
- Bed wetting
- Frequent infections
It’s important that you learn more about the proper treatment of OSA in children and how it can impact your family. The most current literature recommends that any child with tooth grinding (bruxism) should have a proper sleep evaluation.