Children who suffer from OSA stop breathing periodically throughout the night and snore very loudly.The condition is caused by enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids that aggravate upper airway collapse during sleep, which disrupts normal breathing.Because they do not sleep soundly, OSA can negatively affect children’s behavior, health, growth, attention, memory and classroom performance.
For children who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy can provide dramatic relief and is successful in solving sleep problems for 80 to 90 percent of children.
(8 year old Nikhil cannot sleep at night due to sleep apnea and he snores very loud. He has got a very large adenoid in the back of nose causing complete obstruction of airway. He is about to undergo adenoid removal operation under general anesthesia in Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, South India)