Does your Child have Sleep Apnea? – Signs and Symptoms

Sleeping problems are common with children of every age. But how do you know if it is just a minor sleeping problem or something more serious obstructive sleep apnea. Most apnea problems in children occur from large tonsils or adenoids.

 

A mild form of obstructive sleep apnea could be keeping your child up at night. Here are some signs and symptoms.

 

Enlarged Adenoids and/or Tonsils

 1Enlarged adenoids and tonsils can cause a narrowing and/or a blockage of the upper airway.  The narrowing of the upper airway region may lead to the child to be a mouth breather.  When sleeping, the neck and tongue muscles will relax and airway will collapse.

 

 

 

Grinding Teeth

2Enlarged adenoids and tonsils can cause mouth breathing and a narrowing of the upper airway (nasopharynx).  The narrowing of the upper airway region may lead to the child to be a mouth breather.  When sleeping, the neck and tongue muscles will relax and airway will collapse.  The collapse of the airway can trigger the lower jaw to move forward that will pull the tongue forward and open the airway.  The forward movement of the jaw can cause the upper and lower teeth to grind.

 

 

Excessive Loud Snoring

 3 If your child is snoring consistently or loudly, his or her airway is probably partially blocked. Snoring is caused when air has difficulty moving through the airway. Although light snoring is acceptable, loud snoring can be the sign of an airway that is too restricted to allow proper breathing.

 

 

Bedwetting

 4 Bedwetting is another sign your child may have difficulty breathing at night. When the body is focused on breathing, other less important functions like bladder control become less important. There are many other reasons why your child could be wetting the bed, so it is important to talk to your doctor.

 

 

Sleepwalking and Sleeptalking

 5 Sleepwalking and sleeptalking are also signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleepwalking and sleeptalking happen during lighter sleep. A child with obstructive sleep apnea has more light sleep than deep sleep. Thus, there are more instances for sleepwalking and sleeptalking to occur.

 

 

 

Hyperactivity, ADHD, and Trouble Focusing in School

 

 

 

 6 It is harder for children with less deep sleep to stay focused or pay attention. It is common for kids to get hyper and pay less attention when mentally exhausted. A poor night’s sleep may be the culprit when it comes to your child’s mild ADHD or hyperactivity.

 

 

Seek the Advice of a Doctor

Any concerns you have about your child and obstructive sleep apnea need to be brought Dr. Soordhar (Oasis Dental 905-876-2747), your pediatrician and family doctor. It is important to make a list of all signs and symptoms and present that to your primary care physician. Only with all the available information can a doctor determine what is causing your child’s sleeping problems.

 

Please feel free to contact us for more information.

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