Children can also snore and suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Oftentimes, children are highly allergic to something environmental and their airways can be blocked due to enlarged adenoids, tonsils and/or swollen nasal mucosa. Snoring or labored breathing can also be due to structural problems of the jaw and teeth, such as a cross-bite or a narrow upper or lower jaw. That is why it is important to have a dentist trained in sleep disordered breathing evaluate your child’s situation.
Unlike adults, children who suffer from sleep disordered breathing are often likely to exhibit hyperactivity during the day.
Some of the things to pay attention to at home are:
- Abnormal sleep position
- Restless sleep
- Difficulty waking up
- Difficulty in concentrating at school
- Choking or gasping for air while asleep