Sleep-disordered breathing can range from loud and frequent snoring to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially serious condition for children. If left untreated, sleep-disordered breathing can result in irritability, trouble focusing at home and in school, abnormally slow growth, weight gain, and cardiovascular problems.
Common symptoms of pediatric sleep-disordered breathing include:
- Abnormal breathing during sleep
- Daytime mouth breathing
- Difficulty awakening
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Frequent awakenings or restlessness
- Frequent nightmares
- Hyperactivity/strongehavior problems
- Poor or irregular sleep patterns
If a child has these symptoms, it is crucial to schedule an appointment with an ENT physician who can determine if the child is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids or other reasons. Sleep-disordered breathing is known to make other conditions worse. In patients with ADHD, removal of enlarged tonsils and adenoids can significantly improve symptoms of ADHD.