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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Can children get sleep apnea?

  Unfortunately, yes, children can get sleep apnea.
  Fortunately, it is rare, as 1 to 4 percent of children (many between ages 2 and 8) suffer from it, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
  The association cites symptoms such as snoring, long pauses in breathing, tossing and turning, mouth breathing during sleep and night sweats. It also warns against hoping children will grow out of their symptoms as they can be linked to other complications such as ADHD, bed-wetting, sleep walking, growth issues and obesity.
  It is recommended that concerned parents seek a pediatrician who specializes in sleep disorders. As in adults, an overnight stay in a sleep lab is needed for diagnosis.
  Removal of tonsils and adenoids is a common treatment for children with sleep apnea. In fact, it can eliminate the symptoms 70-90 percent of the time, according to the association. Other kids will end up going the CPAP route or using oral appliances.
  Some adults don’t embrace their CPAP so their chance for success dwindles. The association points out that “adolescents pose a particular challenge.” (Imagine telling them to wear their mask, in addition to cleaning their room and taking out the trash.)
  The hope is that they will be on board after realizing it makes them feel better.
  And, of course, ensuring children have a proper diet and exercise is recommended.
  For more information from the American Sleep Apnea Association, click here.
  To read more from the CPAP Care Club on whether CPAP is safe for children, click here.


Blogger tomcruse said...

Thanks for sharing important information about sleep apnea .

March 31, 2012 at 4:59 AM 
Blogger Sherille Jill said...

My son has a schoolmate that has sleep apnea. I feel sorry for his classmate because she is suffering from it at that young age.

April 24, 2012 at 2:06 AM 

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