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Signs of pediatric sleep apnea

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Do you have a child that snores?  That could be a sign of pediatric sleep apnea, which is a breathing problem in children that should not go ignored.  That's according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Chris Rose is the Medical Director of the Sleep Center at Covenant. He says here's what to watch for when your kids are sleeping.   "If you see your child stop breathing, or they stop breathing for a period of time, and when they try to wake up they go *cough* it would be a sign that you need to talk to your doctor.  Other than that, night time symptoms, a lot of tossing and turning, waking up with headaches or dry mouth."

Dr. Rose says ADHD or ADD is often linked to pediatric sleep apnea.  After children are screened and evaluated, the problem for some may be solved by removing the tonsils if that turns out to be the source of sleep trouble. Also, if your child is a restless sleeper, a frequent bed-wetter, or still feels tired after waking up, and experiences inattentiveness and mood swings during the day. Those are all signs that your child should be screened for sleep apnea.

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