Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children – Recognition and Treatment

Sleeping difficulties such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect people of all ages, sizes, and genders, including children. Approximately 2 to 4 percent of children snore regularly, and about 24 percent of the pediatric population has obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea causes a child’s breathing to be interrupted during sleep, which the brain perceives as choking. This triggers several physiologic changes. The heart rate slows, blood pressure rises, the brain is aroused, and sleep is disrupted. … Continued