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Oral Health in Children with Sleep Apnea

Posted June 21, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, childhood gum disease

According to The American Sleep Apnea Association, as many as 4% of children between the ages of 2 and 8 have sleep apnea.

 

You probably are aware that sleep apnea exists for adults and even for kids, and you may know its primary signs, symptoms and dangers: snoring, gasping, and pausing breathing during the night (apneas), events which disrupt normal sleep and lead to low blood oxygen. These apneas, in turn, can eventually lead to a number of cognitive and cardiovascular health risks.

 

Childhood apnea comes with all these risks, but there’s another area of pediatric health parents and caregivers shouldn’t overlook: pediatric oral health.

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CPAP Therapy for the Child: Indications and Uses

Posted June 13, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, cpap therapy for children

Sleep apnea in children is very rare. Only 1%-4% percent of all children between the ages of 2 and 8 years of age suffer from this condition, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In contrast, less than 1 in 10 adult women and 1 in 4 adult men show the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Children diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are far more vulnerable to its consequences. Much of a child’s metabolism is devoted to physical growth, and much of that is accomplished during the four-stage sleep cycle (specifically, Stage 3 Deep Sleep).

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Sleep Apnea Surgery in Children: Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (T&A)

Posted June 08, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, surgery for sleep apnea

 

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Sleepwalking in Children: Signs, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Posted June 01, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, sleepwalking children

Each year in the United States, nearly three million cases of sleepwalking are reported. In the vast majority of cases, the sleepwalker is a child under the age of twelve. Sleepwalking children may actually walk around the house, perform unusual repetitive motions, or even have conversations—all while actually being fast asleep.

 

Certainly this can be alarming for other family members who are aware of the telltale signs of sleepwalking. But is sleepwalking actually dangerous? What causes sleepwalking? Is there any sleepwalking treatment? And how can you prevent sleepwalking from happening?

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Children vs. Adults with Sleep Apnea: Signs and Symptoms

Posted May 18, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, adults with sleep apnea

Many adults are familiar with sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing momentarily during sleep, often multiple times per hour and hundreds (if not thousands) of times per night.

 

You may not have apnea yourself, but you probably know someone who does; about 22 million American adults are estimated to have this condition. Sleep apnea is dangerous over the long term, contributing to heart disease and stroke risk, cognitive problems, and daytime fatigue. Exhaustion from untreated apnea can cause workplace and vehicular accidents and can trigger or worsen the severity of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders and mental illness.

 

Sleep apnea is less prevalent in children than adults, but still a pressing concern. According to studies cited by the American Sleep Apnea Association, up to 4% of children ages 8 and under may have sleep apnea. Cases of pediatric apnea are important to detect and treat because children are susceptible to all the same health problems as adults with apnea—as well as additional dangers, such as growth and developmental problems and symptoms of ADHD.

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ADHD and Sleep Apnea: Causes and Reasons

Posted May 12, 2018 by inboundMed in ADHD, children with OSA

ADHD – You’ve probably heard of it.  Your child, or children you know, might have been diagnosed with ADHD.  What does that mean, and what connection does it have to breathing during sleep?

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Enuresis (Bedwetting) in Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing

Posted May 07, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, bedwetting

An estimated two million children struggle with staying dry during the night. This nocturnal bedwetting (enuresis) can be highly distressing and embarrassing for children and their families, especially as kids reach the age where they want to attend sleepovers or sleepaway camp.

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What to Do if Your Child Is a Mouth Breather (Causes and Implications)

Is your child regularly sleeping with his or her mouth open? Maybe they’re even breathing through the mouth rather than the nose when awake during the day. Perhaps you’re not sure, or are assuming or hoping that the situation is temporary or that your child will grow out of it.

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Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) in Kids: Why it’s a Problem

Posted April 27, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, sleep disordered breathing in children

Sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD) is a term used to describe disruptions of normal breathing during sleep. These disruptions can range from snoring to severe, long pauses in breathing (called apnea events) during the night.

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Sleep Apnea in Children: Prevention & Treatment

Posted April 25, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA

Good quality sleep is not optional. All of us need enough sleep to thrive—and the sleep needs to be high quality and restorative. Infants and children especially need plenty of shuteye in order to stay healthy and to develop healthy bodies and brains. During primary sleep at night, a child needs to be proceeding through all the phases of each sleep cycle: 1, 2, 3, and REM.

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Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing Signs, Symptoms, and Consequences