(Press Release: August 27, 2012)
Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement that childhood sleep disorders, if they remain untreated may develop health additional issues down the line. The main sleep disturbance they referred to was obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).
A research journal in September 2012’s issue of Pediatrics, “Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome,” suggests any child or teen who routinely snores, should be checked for OSAS.
Symptoms of OSAS:
- “Labored” breathing while sleeping
- Awaking gasping for air, snorting for air, or paused breathing
- Extreme sleepiness or learning problems during the day
The AAP recommends a complete sleep study performed in an overnight facility for an accurate diagnosis. “If left untreated,” reports the AAP, “OSAS can result in problems such as behavioral issues, cardiovascular problems, poor growth and developmental delays.”
Treatments are suggested in the journal, but of course each child’s condition needs to be assessed by a professional to determine what is best suited for their symptoms and lifestyle.
Full guidelines in Pediatrics journal: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/08/22/peds.2012-1671.full.pdf
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