Sleep Breathing Issues in Kids

Often Misdiagnosed. Often Misunderstood.

Kids can show different signs and symptoms of sleep-related breathing disorders compared to adults.

For example, the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) threshold for adults to be diagnosed with sleep apnea is five events per hour. For kids, as few as one event per hour is generally a concern and may warrant treatment. In addition, kids can show drastically different signs of sleep disturbances compared to adults. The BEARS questionnaire is a simple, effective screening tool for many sleep disorders.

BEARS stands for:

B = Bedtime Issues
E = Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
A = Night Awakenings
R = Regularity & Duration of Sleep
S = Snoring

During the night, a child with sleep apnea may:

• Snore loudly and on a regular basis
• Have pauses, gasps, snorts, and actually stop breathing
• The snorts or gasps may disrupt their sleep
• Be restless or sleep in abnormal positions
• Move around, tossing and turning
• Sweat heavily during sleep

During the day, a child with sleep apnea may:

• Have behavioral, school and social problems
• Be difficult to wake up
• Have headaches – especially in the morning
• Be irritable, agitated, aggressive, and cranky
• Be so sleepy that they actually fall asleep or daydream
• Speak with a nasal voice and breathe regularly through the mouth

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If you’ve been told your child has ADHD, you’ve had to address behavioral issues at school, or you’ve noticed any of the other signs we’ve outlined on this page, please schedule a complimentary initial exam with the Walker Orthodontics team today. We will help you sort through the confusion and determine if your child is struggling with a sleep-breathing disorder.

Dr. Walker has established a relationship with local pediatricians, ENT’s, and other specialists who can work together to make sure your child receives the treatment they need. It can literally change their life.