Most people associate sleep apnea with adults. However, children can become susceptible to the problem and just like adults, it can pose serious health risks to them. A child who is living with sleep apnea can be at a higher risk for problems such as heart, growth and developmental issues. A child who suffers from sleep apnea may have behavioral issues, problems paying attention or learning, and may be underweight. Other problems may include:
- Waking up during the night
- Problems breathing at night
Keep in mind that these symptoms may indicate problems other than sleep apnea. However, if you notice any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your pediatrician to see if your child may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Your child may also be at risk for sleep apnea if they have cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or issues with the shape of their skull or face. A family history of sleep issues and low birth weight may also be factors.
If your child’s doctor has diagnosed them with pediatric sleep apnea in Charlotte, North Carolina, call for an appointment with our dentist at Sleep Well Charlotte Corp. at 704-900-5284 today. Dr. Stella O. Nnadi will be happy to talk with you about improving your child’s sleep and protecting their health.