The behavioral symptoms of Sleep Apnea are a reflection of chronic sleep deprivation these children experience because of their poor sleep quality.

Snoring may just be a noise your child makes when he or she sleeps due to chronic nasal congestion or obstruction.  However, it can also signal a more serious medical problem, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The treatment for most children for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is removal of the tonsils and adenoid tissue.  In fact, sleep apnea greatly surpasses recurrent tonsillitis as the primary reason for performing adenotonsillectomy in children.

Symptoms of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

We’ve all heard the saying, “sleeps like a baby”.  The cliché conjures up thoughts of a very restful, peaceful, and restorative night’s sleep.  So if you’ve ever had to give a second thought to your child’s sleep quality, something is likely amiss.  If his sleep frequently appears restless or you note odd breathing such as gasping, choking, or pauses, your child may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

Signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in children differ significantly from those of adults suffering with the same disease.

  • Restless sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Witnessed apneas, cyanotic episodes, or gasping during sleep
  • Hyperactivity
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Aggressive or defiant behavior
  • Growth/developmental delay


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