Children and Sleep Apnea
If you remember your childhood, you can likely remember when you used to be scared of monsters in the closet, had nightmares, or woke up many times throughout the night. While these are common symptoms for children, many parents don't realize that their child could be suffering from something more serious: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
Some examples of childhood sleep problems include:
- Frequent awakening during the night
- Talking during sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Waking up crying
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Having nightmares
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Waking early
Children with allergies often suffer from sleep apnea. Allergies may cause excess mucus secretion and swelling of nasal tissues, which makes it harder to breathe, particularly when a child is lying down and the mucus doesn't drain. If the airway is blocked, it prevents the child from breathing, which wakes him or her up, often coughing and gasping for air.
Children who suffer from sleep apnea can feel tired during the day. It can also lead to developmental problems, depression, difficulty concentrating, and hyperactive behavior (ADD and ADHD). If you suspect your child may be suffering from OSA, consult a professional today.