"Preschool children with cleft lip and/or palate have a risk of obstructive sleep apnea that is as much as five times that of children without cleft. Obstructive sleep apnea appears to be underrecognized in this group of children."
J.E. Maclean, K. Waters, D. Fitzsimons, P. Hayward, D. A. Fitzgerald (2009). Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Preschool Children with Cleft Palate. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal: March 2009, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 117-123.
Here are some of the night-time symptoms of children with sleep apnea:
Difficulty breathing while asleep
- Pauses in breathing
- Restless sleep
- Heavy sweating while asleep
- Nightmares/night terrors
- Bed wetting
Daytime behaviors may include:
- Sleepiness during the day
- Aggressive or hyperactive behavior
- Learning disabilities
- Morning headaches
- Discipline problems
- Failure to thrive
Here are a couple more articles on childhood sleep apnea:
There are myriad articles if you are interested in finding more information online!
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