We understand that seeing your child suffer in any way is difficult. Sleep is so important for our children and we need to make sure we are attentive to their needs. For adults, sleep apnea appears in a different way than it does for children. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with the signs, symptoms, causes and treatments for sleep apnea in children. We can help with that!
Our children have smaller lungs than we do. This means there is less oxygen in reserve for them to use. As a result, children take frequent, shallow breaths rather than slow, deep breaths like we do. It doesn’t sound like anything bad, but this can cause a child to have too much carbon dioxide in their blood.
Adults with sleep apnea will wake up after breathing stops, even just for a second. However, for children it is quite different. A child does not wake up in response to pauses in breathing. Their higher “arousal threshold” makes their sleeping patterns seem normal when they suffer from sleep apnea. It shows that diagnosing sleep apnea is of utmost importance for their health and well-being.