- Health A-Z
- Diet & Fitness
- Diabetes Mein Immunity
- MY MONEY
- Home Remedies
- Web Stories
Most people think that only the old and the ageing can suffer from sleep troubles or suffer from a condition like sleep apnea but in reality, even kids and teens can suffer from sleep problems. Sleep apnea in kids is uncommon but it still exists. This condition is characterised with brief pauses in breathing during sleep. In sleep apnea, breathing stops often or for longer periods. When someone has sleep apnea, oxygen levels in the body may fall and sleep can be disrupted. It is usually caused by something obstructing, or blocking, the upper airway. This is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
OSA is a serious condition that can make kids miss out on a healthy, restful sleep and if not treated it can lead to learning, behaviour, growth, and heart problems. In very rare cases, it can even be life-threatening for a child.
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
When we sleep, our muscles relax. This includes the muscles in the back of the throat that help keep the airway open. In obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles can relax too much and collapse the airway, making it hard to breathe. This is especially true if someone has enlarged tonsils or adenoids (germ-fighting tissues at the back of the nasal cavity), which can block the airway during sleep. In fact, enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the most common cause of OSA in kids.
Some risk factors for the development of OSA in children include:
Some common signs of OSA in kids include:
This why it is important for parents to detect this problem early and help their child get the right kind of help so they can sleep well and grow up to become healthy individuals.
Follow us on