4% Children In US Suffer From Sleep Apnea

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According to a recent study conducted in the US, its not only adults who suffer from Sleep Apnea as 4% of kids suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

“I noticed his really heavy breathing and snoring,” said Kris Vail, Timmy’s mother. “I noticed every now and then, when I’d wake up in the middle of the night. I’d hear him just [gasp] like short breaths, and it made me a little nervous.”

In addition to Timmy’s snoring, doctors found that the youngster had enlarged tonsils which was also a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, other symptoms include:

Difficultly waking up Headaches during the day, but especially in the morning Irritability, agitation, aggressiveness, and crankiness Being so sleepy during the day that the child actually falls asleep or daydreams Speaking with a nasal voice and breathing regularly through the mouth

“Children who have obstructive sleep apnea — what happens to them is that when they go to sleep, they actually tend to either partially close, or completely close their airway off,” said Dr. Sumit Bhargava, attending physician in pediatric respiratory medicine and the co-director of the Yale-New Haven Pediatric Sleep Center in Connecticut.

Via ABC News

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