Snoring is among the common sleep problems in adults, especially in middle-aged men. And children and kids are equally prone to this most uncomfortable sleep disorder.The effects of snoring upon the overall health of children is established to be detrimental up to great extent.

Association of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA among kids and children has now become a more common occurrence. Across the globe occurrence of persistent snoring on most nights has been reported in 8-12 percent of children.

The incidence of OSA (with significant upper airway obstruction leading to   oxygen desaturation and/or sleep fragmentation) is 2-3 percent in children under the age of 10.

For kids and children the most common treatment for childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is adenotonsillectomysurgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids. Various researches concluded in recent past have also established that adenotonsillectomy is usually effective in curing childhood OSA.

Among the other available treatments are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) , craniofacial abnormalities correction or even tracheostomy.

Parents of such affected children should preferably see an otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat surgeon) or pediatrician for assessment as timely treatment can often dramatically improve the child’s quality of life.

The upper airway problems are more prevalent among the children between two and eight years age group.Some of the common symptoms in children with OSA are snoring, restless  sleep, breathing from the mouth, hyperactivity, aggression, poor concentration and growth delay.

During past twenty years several researches and study have been concluded and these have established that the disruption of children’s sleep architecture and repetitive episodes of oxygen levels decreasing in the blood can lead to some of the abnormalities mentioned above. Such conditions could also affect their learning, memory and executive functioning.

The most common cause of OSA in children is adenoid and tonsillar (lymphoid tissue) hypertrophy. Other causes include obesity, allergic rhinitis, muscular dystrophy, syndromic disorders and other craniofacial abnormalities.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Tagged with:

Filed under: Clinical ResearchCPAPDaytime SleepinesshypersomniaInsomniaNarcolepsyObstructive Sleep ApneaRestless Leg SyndromeSleepSleep ApneaSleep Apnea AwarenessSleep Apnea DiagnosisSleep Apnea EffectsSleep Apnea in ChildrenSleep Apnea NewsSleep Apnea ResearchSleep Apnea StudySleep Apnea SurgerySleep Apnea SymptomsSleep Apnea TreatmentSleep DeprivationSleep Disordered BreathingSleep DisordersSleep ProblemsSleepwalkingSnoringSnoring SolutionSnoring Treatment

Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!