Sleep is vital for childhood development, so it’s no surprise that many parents are concerned if their child snores. If the snoring only happens occasionally, there is no need to worry. But if it is frequent or severe, then it may mean that your child has obstructive sleep apnoea. The effects of this on a child can include disturbed sleep, poor daytime behaviour and difficulty learning at school. So if you are worried about your child's snoring, you should make an appointment to see an ENT specialist as soon as possible.
What is obstructive sleep apnoea?
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is when a child briefly stops breathing while sleeping. It happens because of a blockage in the upper airway. The pause in breathing may occur many times in a night, disrupting the child’s sleep. The condition is most commonly found in children ages 3 to 6.
What are the symptoms of OSA in kids?
During sleep, you might notice the following:
So why does OSA in children matter?
Over time, sleep apnoea can have significant effects on your child. Fatigue can lead to poor concentration and the inability to function during the day. This leads to poor school performance. It can also cause hyperactivity and mood swings.
Due to reduced oxygen intake through the night, children can experience growth or developmental delays in severe cases. Paediatric sleep apnoea is also associated with heart problems, high blood pressure and childhood obesity, and can have an impact on brain function and intelligence.
What is the treatment of paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea?
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. An overnight sleep study is often conducted to find out how severe the condition is.
The treatment for OSA is based on the cause. It may include:
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