Comment:  Dr Lowrance

Good awareness article on Sleep Apnea in children and its relationship to ADHD.  If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and has not had an examination for a closed airway, snoring, enlarged tonsil and adenoids, then please have it done.  Note that many physicians are not aware of the connection between a poor airway and ADHD and you may have a uphill battle getting them to address the enlarged adenoids and tonsils.  There is plenty of literature on the internet in the form of research articles and awareness articles.  Take them with you when you go. I have extensive clinical training in screen patients for Sleep Apnea and Hyponea as well as making custom dental appliance to replace the CPAP for those who are CPAP Intolerant or just want to get rid of the “machine”.

August 11, 2009 | Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or hyperactivity? Have you noticed mood instability or behavioral problems in school? If so, before beginning a treatment plan, consider that your child may suffer from a pediatric sleep disorder.Many parents have experienced the frustration of dealing with an exhausted child — the bouncing off the walls, tantrums, defiance, and lack of focus. Sleep deprivation in children can cause symptoms including hyperactivity, poor academic performance, and lack of concentration. Behavior that is commonly associated with hyperactivity in children can actually be caused by fatigue. Labeling a child as having ADHD without examining their sleep has become too common.Up to 10 percent of children can suffer from sleep-disordered breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea OSA occurs when a child’s upper airway becomes blocked while they are asleep. Quality sleep is interrupted by the child repeatedly waking up to resume normal breathing during the night. OSA can exacerbate depression and affect the brain’s cognitive functions.Parents are often unaware of their child’s sleep disorders. They tend to think that snoring is normal. If a child is being treated for ADHD, consider talking to your pediatrician about ordering a sleep study or consultation with a sleep specialist to rule out the possibility of a sleep disorder, especially before school starts. The proper diagnosis of a pediatric sleep disorder can be the key to solving behavioral problems and raising a happier child and better student.

via Wilson County News – Home, Health, and Family – Is your child’s problem either ADHD or a sleep disorder?.

Dr Lowrance

Family and General Practice Dentist,
LVI Graduate
Restorative and Cosmetic Treatment
Corpus Christi, TX