Common sleep disorders in children

Snoring is the number one sign of a sleep problem in children. A child may be snoring due to a number of causes such as oversized tonsils and/or adenoids, anatomical issues such as a small jaw or airway diameter, and allergies or asthma that cause swelling of the linings of the airway.

If your child is snoring, it is important to seek medical advice quickly, as it can also be a sign of a more serious sleep problem in children called obstructive sleep apnea, which causes breathing to actually pause during sleep.

Other common sleep disorders in children include nightmares, night terrors and sleep walking. Symptoms of sleep disorders in children have often lead to misdiagnoses of behavioral disorders such as ADHD. Therefore, parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of possible sleep disorders in children which are consistent snoring (three to four times a week), breathing that pauses during sleep, waking up with a headache, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, restless sleep, difficulty getting up in the morning, falling asleep at the wrong place or time, poor growth, bed-wetting, consistent night terrors or nightmares, behavioral issues and difficulty concentrating.

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