Sleep disordered breathing (SBD) is a wide range of a persistent illness. They are united by difficulty for a child to breathe easily and regularly during sleep, which in turn may affect the oxygen level.
Common symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing can include:
- Gasping for breath while sleeping
- Daytime sleepiness
- Bed wetting
- Behavioural problems
- Inability to breath through the nose
Children with SBD struggle to have a good night’s rest. The inability to sleep properly combined with longstanding oxygen drops may result in a number of growth and health problems. These may include:
- High blood pressure
- Changes to the heart
- Delayed / reduced growth
- Behavioural problems and changes
- Altered growth to the face and jaws leading to orthodontic problems
Large tonsils and adenoids are the commonest problems linked with SDB . Surgical removal of tonsils is often a first choice treatment. However, there other conditions and features that are lnked to SDB. Managing the other conditions may be essential for successful treatment, such as:
- Environmental irritants (eg: tobacco smoke)
Because of the complex nature of SBD, teams formed from several specialties are often required. An otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, Throat specialist), pulmonologist (sleep and breathing specialist), and an orthodontist frequently work together for the most successful outcomes. If your child has some of the signs, symptoms, or risk factors of SBD you should talk with your child’s doctor and request a referral to an ENT or sleep specialist.