Can children have sleep apnea?
Yes, children can indeed have sleep apnea. Pediatric sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breathing during sleep. It can affect infants, children, and adolescents. Common symptoms of sleep apnea in children include loud snoring, restless sleep, gasping or choking episodes, mouth breathing, bedwetting, and daytime sleepiness. The causes of pediatric sleep apnea can vary, including enlarged tonsils or adenoids, obesity, craniofacial abnormalities, or genetic factors.
If you suspect your child may have sleep apnea, it is important to consult with a pediatrician or a pediatric sleep specialist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.
Early detection and intervention are crucial for managing sleep apnea in children and promoting healthy sleep patterns for their overall well-being and development.