By Dr. Alina, Jan 16 2015 03:00PM
Is your child snoring, breathing through the mouth while sleeping, having trouble concentrating in school, tossing and turning in his/her sleep, or having trouble saying certain letter sounds?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then your child may have sleep apnea or a breathing habit that can have a profound impact in the development of the face and breathing ducts.
Your child may be a very smart and insightful kid but is having trouble focusing in school. If so you should consider a screening for sleep apnea. Are you thinking that Sleep Apnea doesn’t happen in kids? My child can’t sleep with that big noisy machine, that’s for old people! That is not necessarily true. If a child has big tonsils and polyps, those can obstruct the airways and the result is sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea causes a lack of oxygen to the brain which can result in ADHD.
Besides tonsils and polyps another contributing cause of sleep apnea can be a tight tongue, which means that the tongue doesn’t rise up during breathing to create a free airway but also refuses to push laterally on the teeth which does not allow your child’s arches to develop properly, thus creating a “chipmunk” like face.
Please pay attention to your child’s sleeping patterns. As early as 3 years you can start to see the signs of sleep apnea. Taking preventative measures early can spare your child a life full of the frustrations of ADHD and medications.