Although children can suffer from other various sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy or restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea should not be overlooked. A visit to our Portland sleep clinic can assist in ruling out any of the aforementioned sleep disorders, and help you on your way to alleviating the symptoms of sleep apnea, etc. Some risk factors you should be aware of include being overweight, having genetic disorders, or enlarged tonsils/adenoids. There are also a few signs associated with sleep apnea in children, such as:
- Restless Sleeping
- Mouth Breathing
- Loud Snoring
Observing Normal Sleep Behavior in Toddlers
Children are eventful sleepers, especially throughout the toddler stage. However, most parents would prefer a peaceful bout of sleep from their toddler; that typically isn’t the case. While some of these sleep behaviors may seem alarming to the parents of a toddler, they are considered perfectly normal. A few, however, may be worth talking to a healthcare professional about, though. If you notice your toddler struggling to breathe, gasp, pause between breaths, or snoring loudly, it could point to a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.
Mouth Breathing, Snoring, and Snorting
If you occasionally hear your child snore in their sleep, it typically isn’t a cause for concern. It would be best if you let us know when they breathe through their mouth in their sleep, snore, or make snorting sounds regularly. When it is due to a stuffy nose, allergies, or cold, then you shouldn’t be too alarmed. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s always worth checking in with your child’s doctor to rule out serious root causes of snoring, etc. Should a cold or stuffy nose be the cause, humidifiers and vaporizers are simple, affordable solutions to create a more comfortable breathing environment. When pets are the cause of your toddler’s allergies, maintaining a pet-free bedroom could be beneficial.
Sleep apnea typically peaks when adenoids reach their largest size in comparison to a child’s airways, anywhere from 3 to 6 years of age. It isn’t rare for children younger than three years to experience issues, though. One common cause of sleep apnea is due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids in children. Sometimes it is due to a congenital disability, such as a cleft palate or receding chin, and being overweight. Whatever the cause, behavioral problems quickly arise once your child’s sleeping patterns are affected. If your son or daughter is losing sleep and act irritable or cranky, they may be suffering from behavioral issues stemming from a sleep disorder.
Those who are unsure of whether their child is suffering from sleep apnea may consider recording their breathing patterns during sleep. You can then take your findings to Dr. Karim for their consideration. He can then determine whether or not the recordings deem further investigation.
Schedule A Sleep Consultation For Your Child Today
As the top sleep clinic in Portland, Sleep Health Partners is committed to assisting children in the treatment of their sleep issues. Dr. Karim assists families throughout the Portland area in getting the rest they need through cutting-edge sleep treatments. Schedule a consultation for your little one today if you feel they are having issues sleeping.