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Can children develop sleep apnea?

Children can indeed develop sleep apnea. This can be caused by any obstruction of the upper airway, such as large tonsils or adenoids. Children who are obese or who have abnormally shaped necks or jaws, conditions such as Down syndrome or neuromuscular disorders have an increased risk of sleep apnea. You might hear children with sleep apnea snoring loudly, pausing their breaths, or gasping. They may be excessively tired or cranky during the day or wake with a dry mouth or sore throat.

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