Sleep apnea or apnea-hypopnea sleep is a sleep disorder that affects about 0.7 to 10.3% of children. It is characterized by the flow to stop breathing (apnea) or reduction in this flow (hypopnea). It can be caused by airway obstruction due to obesity but also by a neurological syndrome with anomaly syndrome breath control.
But how to identify sleep apnea in children? You should seek medical advice if your child has more of the following symptoms: snoring, daytime fatigue and pause in breathing when he sleeps and finally, respiratory problems. During diagnosis, the doctor will take note of the child’s medical history, he will do a physical examination, radiographs and a nocturnal polygraphy.
For children, the majority of cases is caused by swelling of the tonsils with an operation or treatment is necessary.
In any case, if symptoms arise, please go to the doctor because sleep apnea can be fatal without treatment.