Symptoms of sleep apnea in children
Sleep apnea is a common problem in children. It is estimated to affect about 2% of children including many who go undiagnosed. It is a serious disorder in which breathing is interrupted repeatedly during sleep. If not treated , it can lead to a variety of problems including heart, behavioral, growth and learning problems.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea ?
Symptoms of this disorder include :
- frequent snoring
- breathing problems during the night
- sleepiness during the day
- difficulty paying attention
- behavioral problems
Let your pediatrician know if you notice any of these symptoms. He may recommend an overnight sleep study known as polysomnogram. These are conducted in hospitals and major health centers. During the study, the medical staff will watch your child sleep. Several sensors will be attached to your child to monitor breathing, oxygenation and brain waves ((electroencephalogram; EEG).