Sleep apnea is a major sleeping disorder which becomes even worst while affecting children. This is usually characterized by breaks or pauses in breathing, particularly during sleeping. Each pause or shallow breathe is called as apnea, hence the name sleep apnea. Initially the patient gets breathing discomforts during sleep, but gradually when the disease becomes acute it affects the normal activity also. People with this disease are often deep snorers.
Children suffering from sleep apnea are very difficult to handle especially during the sleeping hours. There are a number of apnea treatment methods available nowadays, but it is required to recognize the symptoms quite early. The negative effect of this breathing complicity can be reduced to a great extent, when treated at an early stage. What are the various symptoms of sleep apnea in children?
- Loud gasping breathes, similar to those after a running race!
- Choking noises during sleep as if there’s any blockage in the nasal pathway
- Bed wetting, nightmares, sleep walking, bad dreams
- Sleeping with mouth wide open
- Morning headache causing hyperactive behavior
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Drowsiness throughout the day
There are number of treatments available for this disease, which is stated below, in order of their effectiveness:
- Natural treatment: This includes weight loss, homeopathy medications, aroma treatment, etc. These methods can be every effective if started at a very early stage of the disease. But since this disease is always diagnosed at a later stage, hence it is futile to use any of these methods. Hence, only if you have diagnosed it at an early stage, then only go for these treatment options, else you can switch over to the other medical treatments available.
- Medicinal treatment: Taking the growing cases of snoring and apnea into consideration, a number of anti snoring kits are available in the market. You can opt for any of these. You can get a mask, which pushes the air inside the nasal tract and keeps it open throughout the sleep. You can opt for oral pills and drops which will help in opening the blocked nasal passages.
Apart from there are some common things, which if taken care, can avoid sleep apnea in children to a greater extent:
- Do not sleep on the back
- Keep the head elevated, at least few inches will be fine
- Avoid medicines or syrups with alcoholic content
- Discontinue the medication which you find is responsible for the disease. Ask the doctor for an alternative.