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How is sleep apnea in children treated?

Sleep apnea in children can be treated by removal of the tonsils and adenoids among other methods.

Dr. Douglas A. Li, MD
Pediatric Pulmonologist

Treatments for children with sleep apnea depend on the cause of the apnea and can range from lifestyle modification (weight loss), medications, nightly breathing therapies (such as sleeping with a face mask) and surgery. It is important to receive a comprehensive evaluation from a sleep doctor to determine which is most appropriate for the child.

If a child has sleep apnea, healthy sleeping habits are the best ways to improve energy and concentration during the day. Having a routine of waking up at the same time every morning helps set the circadian rhythm, or body clock. Create a good sleeping environment an hour before sleeping by using the bed for sleep only, not TV, video games or snacking, and allowing the child the time to relax and transition into a restful sleep state.

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