Child sleep apnea is a rare case actually but the risk of sleep apnea in children can be more dangerous, especially if there is no treatment for a long time. Beside it, children do not aware with it. In the most case, sleep apnea suffered by old people. But it does not mean children do not have any risk of it. They may suffer this sleep disorder for sure. But anyway, the symptoms of child sleep apnea and adult sleep apnea is just the same. Take a look to these symptoms to make an initial diagnose.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Abnormal breathing during the night sleep is a sign of childhood sleep apnea. Just like in adults, abnormal breathing may occur for several times. The breathing pauses will force children to awake frequently. But in the most case, children do not aware with it. This is just like Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The other symptoms of childhood sleep apnea are frequent nightmare, enuresis, difficulty awakening, excessive daytime sleepiness, daytime mouth breathing, behavior problems, irregular sleep pattern and restlessness. Loud snoring and excessive sweating in the night are the other symptoms of this sleep problem too. If you find these symptoms in your kid, make sure to find a specialist and make a diagnosis.
Risk Factors of Childhood Sleep Apnea
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea can be suffered by 2% up to 3% of children in all ages. Even newborn may suffer it too. Children with sleep apnea history and children who have adenoids or enlarged tonsils have the higher risk of this sleep disorder. And just like in adults, the risk factors of childhood sleep apnea also relates to the lifestyle. Being exposed to smoke can improve the risk of this problem. Obese, having small jaw, having the larger tongue and less muscle tone are the parts of the risk factor too.
Childhood Sleep Apnea Treatment
CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is the most popular sleep apnea therapy in adult. The large number of children take this treatment too. Although it can be uncomfortable, this treatment is effective. The most children will have difficult sleep problem first. But with the right mask, this discomfort will reduce by the time. If there is a serious side effects, make sure to contact the specialist.
If the cause of this problem is the large tonsils and adenoids, surgery is the best treatment to take. Typically, it cures about 80% up to 90% of children.
Lifestyle changes is the safest treatment for childhood sleep apnea. This is also good to improve the health entirely. Avoid eating too much in the night. Eat less in the night is better and may reduce this sleep disorder. Beside it, try to change the sleep position. Instead of sleeping on the back, try to sleep on the side. Sleep on the back will worsen the breathing pauses. As the result, it worsen the sleep apnea. Lifestyle changes must be combined with the other treatment. This is the best way to reduce child sleep apnea.