Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Does Your Child Have Sleep Apnea?

Researchers in Canada have found a strong correlation between neck size and the risk of sleep apnea in children. According to the Ottawa Citizen, boys 12 and older with above-average neck circumference are three times more likely to develop this debilitating disorder.

Though measuring neck circumference could be a potential screening tool for high-risk kids, the researchers have found that the test has its limits. For example, girls 12 and up demonstrate a weaker correlation between neck size and sleep apnea risk.

A sleep study is still the best way to determine whether or not a child is suffering from sleep apnea. If you're a parent, some signs might indicate your child is experiencing regular instances of interrupted breathing during sleep:

  • Loud snoring
  • Tossing and turning
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Bed wetting
  • Sleep walking
The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that anywhere from one percent to four percent of children suffer from sleep apnea. If left untreated, kids are at greater risk for physical health issues like stunted growth and diabetes, as well as developmental problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and difficulty focusing in school.

Please contact a sleep medicine specialist in your area or call 1-866-727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today to begin exploring sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment options for your child.

posted by Admin at 7:43 AM