Everything About Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Children

By on March 6, 2015

There are three basic types of sleep apnea namely Obstructive Sleep Apnea the most common one, Mixed Sleep Apnea and Central Sleep Apnea. Children diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea continually start and stop breathing while sleeping.

The repeated start and stop breathing occurs because of the intermittent relaxation of the throat muscles blocking the airway of an infant. The name obstructive sleep apnea is because something blocks or obstructs the upper airway of an infant.

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Children

Kids having enlarged adenoids and tonsils are at an increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea. One of the main cause for OSA in children is having a family history of OSA, or being obese.

There are several other factors that can also cause this problem in infants and they include having small midface or jaw, larger tongue, being obese and possessing very little muscle tone.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Infants

The symptoms which you should look for if you are doubtful about your infant suffering from obstructive sleep apnea are as follows:

  • Loud snoring accompanied with choking, snorts and gasping.
  • Long pauses while breathing during sleep
  • Breathing heavily while in sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Bedwetting
  • Behavioral changes.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea In Infants

The best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in children is the surgery of the enlarged adenoids or tonsils. This is only for the children having enlarged adenoids or tonsils.

Surgery has the record of treating eighty to ninety percent children suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. [Surgical Options For Pediatric Sleep Apnea]

Using CPAP is also one of the best treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea in children. There are different medications that can also be used for treating this problem in children but it is always best to go for the natural treatments.

Consulting a generally physician or a child specialist is the best thing that you can do in choosing the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in your child.