Does My Child Have Sleep Apnea?
Find out if your child’s loud snoring could be due to this sleep disorder.
We all know that it can be difficult to have to wake up your child for school in the morning. They often stumble out of bed groggy and tired. However, if your child has sleep apnea, their morning sluggishness is more severe than you might expect. They may find it nearly impossible to get out of bed and they may go through their morning routine in a zombie-like state. Our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors are here to point out the telltale signs that it might just be time for your child to have a checkup.
It’s important to recognize that this extreme daytime exhaustion doesn’t just end once they get to school. This severe tiredness follows them throughout the day. It’s like sleeping dust that they just can’t shake. Aside from the chronic exhaustion, you may also notice that they snore quite frequently and also quite loudly at night.
Of course, it’s important that you listen to your little one’s snoring to hear if they are gasping for air in between. If they are, we know that you might be worried, but this is a common symptom in children with sleep apnea and it’s a good reason to visit our Simi Valley, Ventura County, Camarillo, and Thousand Oaks otolaryngologists for an evaluation.
Children with sleep apnea may have difficulty sleeping, may exhibit signs of hyperactivity, may be prone to tantrums and mood swings, or may have trouble concentrating. As a result, children with untreated sleep apnea may fall behind in school and have trouble completing day-to-day tasks.
Why should sleep apnea be treated?
These breathing cessations that occur throughout the night (however short) deprives the blood of oxygen. This can lead to some serious long-term health problems. Furthermore, as you may already notice, sleep apnea can also affect your child’s behavioral and cognitive functions. If you want to protect their health and improve how they function in school then it’s important that you seek treatment for your child’s sleep apnea as soon as possible.
We would be happy to create a treatment plan that works best for your child. From CPAP equipment and lifestyle modifications to wearing a custom-made oral appliance or undergoing surgery, there are many routes we can take to treat your little one and help them finally sleep better.
If you think your child may have sleep apnea it’s important that you have ENT specialists you can turn to. Call West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat to schedule your little one’s consultation with us. We are proud to offer our services to the Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura County and Camarillo, CA, areas.