Sleep Apnea in Children in Leander TX
Pediatric sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a child's breathing becomes blocked as they sleep. Though people of any age can experience obstructive sleep apnea, it most commonly occurs in children ages two to six. Dr. Franklin is an ENT surgeon and board certified in sleep medicine. Therefore, not only can Dr. Franklin diagnose sleep apnea, but he is uniquely qualified to offer both medical and surgical treatment options for Children.
How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Different in Children?
Adults can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. However, there are some differences between how sleep apnea presents itself in adults versus children, including:
- Children usually only have partially blocked airways, which means they will not typically completely stop breathing.
- Children with sleep apnea wake up less often throughout the night than adults with sleep apnea.
- Children with obstructive sleep apnea can have a shorter attention span than children who don't have the disorder.
What Causes Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are many causes for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. The most common is enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Having enlarged tonsils and adenoids may not cause breathing issues during the day, but because muscle tone is decreased during sleep, the airway becomes smaller, making the flow of air more difficult.
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The following are the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea:
- Mouth Breathing
- Bed Wetting
- Restlessness During Sleep
- Frequent Infections in Ear and Throat
Properly treating pediatric obstructive sleep apnea depends largely on its cause.
Consult your Georgetown ENT to diagnose and treat the sleep disorder.