Recognizing Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Children

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July 14, 2009

A new article on the site looks at undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea and the effect it can have on children. Obstructive sleep apnea, or simply sleep apnea, is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. The "apnea" in sleep apnea refers to a breathing pause that lasts at least ten seconds. For children, sleep apnea can cause daytime fatigue and contribute to behavior problems at school. According to a study in CHEST, the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, children who snored loudly were twice as likely to have learning problems. If your child is exhibiting symptoms of sleep apnea, talk to your pediatrician.