It is mandatory to get a sleep study to make the diagnosis. This test is usually done in a Sleep Lab. But getting a child to undergo this test in an unfamiliar place is traumatic. Now a days the same test can be done at home as shown in the video clip below:
Snoring and Sleep Apnea (stoppage of breathing while asleep) is common in children. This is commonly due to large adenoid and tonsils. Untreated children gets retarded mental and physical growth, fatigue, irritability, bed wetting, restless leg syndrome and behavioral problems.
It is mandatory to get a sleep study to make the diagnosis. This test is usually done in a Sleep Lab. But getting a child to undergo this test in an unfamiliar place is traumatic. Now a days the same test can be done at home as shown in the video clip.
Home Sleep Study in Children: How It’s Done
If your child is snoring loud and having difficulty in getting sound sleep and gasping for breath while asleep, he or she probably has got obstructive sleep apnea. This means the breathing is stopped for a while. It is a dangerous condition. If this is the case you should get a sleep study done for your child either in a sleep lab or at home.
Your child will have a sleep study performed at home is easier and comfortable for the child and you. This is a test performed at home, the sleep technician visit your home, apply some sensors in the body and allow the child to sleep, which measures various body functions, such as breathing pattern, oxygen level, apneas and heart rate. This determines your child’s sleep quality and breathing pattern.
From the results of the sleep study, the doctor will make a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can occur for many reasons, both in adults and in children. In children, the most common cause is enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, which can block the airway.
Sleep apnea affects the quality of sleep in both children and adults. It influences how your child feels during the day, and most importantly, it can be treated.
Options for treating obstructive sleep apnea include:
• An Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) review – your child may have an appointment with an ENT surgeon to see if there are any problems with the airway that can be corrected with an operation. Removal of Tonsil adenoid completely cures the problem.
• Another option for treating obstructive sleep apnea is CPAP. CPAP means Continuous Positive Airway Pressure which means that a continuous flow of air is given to your child via a mask, which helps to maintain their airway and aids in breathing at night. When used correctly every night, your child’s sleep quality and daytime symptoms should improve. But it is not very easy to sleep with a CPAP.
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