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Hello Everyone.

I am writing from personal experience and because sleep disorders are so overlooked in not only adults, but children as well. ADD and ADHD is a common misdiagnosis for one of the prevalent symptoms in children suffering from sleep apnea and extreme sleep deprivation.

My son is four years old and has severe sleep apnea and hyponea. I was told by four different pediatricians that sleep disorders do not effect children. They were WRONG!!! Most non-specialized physicians have only had a fifteen minute seminar on sleep disorders and as a result DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR! They just treat the symptoms drawn to their attention. Sleep disorders can be diagnosed as early as six months.
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Sleep apnea is important to diagnose and treat in children, especially.[/B] It was after being diagnosed for sleep apnea myself and treating every possible physical cause.. adnoidectomy and ear tubes to treat fluid retained hearing loss and chronic ear infections as well as a tonsillectomy to regulate snoring and chronic sinus issues in my son that our family ENT finally suggested that I should look into a sleep study for him, because snoring persisted.

So here it goes: [B]IF your child has any of these symptoms or all consult a sleep specialist.[/B]
1) If your child is young than 8 and snores, the child most likely has obstructive sleep apnea(OSA). Children under the age of 8 should not snore.
2) Gasps for breath or appears to hold their breath in their sleep. (OSA again)
3) Grinds there teeth, sleep walks, wakes more than once a night after the age of two.. OSA once again.
4) Has had a depression of their growth rate.
5) Chronic ear and respiratory infections.
6) Poor behavior and attention span.. hyper activity.. insomnia.. these are signs of extreme sleep deprivation and OSA once again.

I am not saying ADD and ADHD are not valid diagnoses, but if even one child has sleep apnea and was over looked due to ignorance; I hope this post might catch them.

My son's poor behavior change over night. His lack of growth has stopped and in his month and a half on his CPAP: he has grown 1.5 inches, sleeps through the night, and can control his mood swings and temper. My sleep MD think that my son has had sleep apnea all his life and luckily, it has been caught early enough any lost growth and development can be recovered.

Sleep apnea is also genetically linked.. so if your child does have it... it came from someone directly in line with them. [B]It is estimated that 2 out of 100 children have sleep apnea and less than 1 out of 5000 have been caught and treated appropriately.[/B]

Sincerely,
MG





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