What parents need to know about sleep apnea in children Video

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Now to that important health warning for parents about kids and snoring. It could be a sign of a more dangerous problem and Paula Faris is here with one family’s eye-opening story. Good morning, Paula. Good morning. We’re talking about sleep apnea, something you typically associate with adults but children suffer from sleep apnea yet many times they’re misdiagnosed and snoring could be your first clue. ??? they’re so cute when they’re sleeping and they’re so funny when they another, right? Well, maybe not. Let’s say my child another, should I be concerned? It should raise a flag and you should think about watching some other signs and symptoms that sound the alarm. We just wanted to talk about how you’re doing. Reporter: This doctor sees a lot of young anotherers and says all that cute snoring could be a sign of something serious. Children can have sleep apnea? Definitely. It’s not a problem restricted to adults and it’s actually one of the most common reasons why children need other tonsils or adenoids removed. Reporter: But it’s not always that easy. When Amanda and Kevin brought their newborn home he seemed to be a healthy infant but three months in, baby Caden began to have episodes during which he’d stop breathing. Just completely limp, nonresponsive. I would hold him and say, Caden, Caden and he’d finally start breathing. Reporter: At 6 months a sleep study showed little Caden had not one but two breathing disorders and found obstruct tiff sleep apnea which occurs when something is blocking the airway and central sleep apnea which occurs when the brain does not give the body a signal to breathe. It isn’t uncommon in newborns but Caden was past that stage and not getting better. His tonsils were not enlarged so even surgery wasn’t the answer. Aside from snoring other symptoms of sleep apnea in children include hyperactivity, trouble focusing in school, depression or anger and even bedwetting. Symptoms that can sometimes be confused with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and can cause kids to be misdiagnosed. Many kids may get labeled as being hyperactive and I think it’s important to look at a variety of different causes that do be contributing to that. It may not be that sleep is the only cause, but if there’s a worry about the child’s sleep it should definitely be investigated. And that’s where that misdiagnosis can come into play. Again, those symptoms can…

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