Could your child have sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, commonly referred to as sleep apnea, is the reversible closure or partial closure of the upper airway.  The upper airway starts at the nostrils and ends at the top of the trachea.  You can feel the trachea when you touch the front of the neck. 

Sleep apnea is thought to occur on a continuum.  Snoring is at the mildest end of the continuum.  Not breathing is the most serous end of the continuum.

Soft snoring can occur normally in children.  Snoring loudly or snoring associated with chest contraction is not normal.  Other symptoms of sleep apnea include wetting the bed, restless sleep, waking up frequently during the night, excessive daytime sleepiness, behavior problems, hyperactive behavior, attention problems and failure to grow.  

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