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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea in children?

Douglas Li, MD
Pediatric Pulmonology
Common symptoms of sleep apnea in children include snoring (not necessarily loud snoring), mouth breathing, and choking or gasping in the middle of the night.
 
Other signs of sleep apnea in children include:
  • daytime sleepiness (the child falls asleep in class, while watching TV, requires regular naps of longer than 30 minutes)
  • bedwetting (especially if a child previously stayed dry at night)
  • very restless sleep and sleeping in unusual positions
  • inattention or poor attention
  • hyperactivity
  • mood issues
  • excessive sweating during sleep
In severe cases, children may fail to grow or have heart problems.

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