Sleep disorders in children: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Written by: Dr. David Gómez-Pastrana
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Sleep disorders in children are problems that prevent a child to have a normal night 's rest, which can affect a child's behavior during the day. They also often present difficulty paying attention and are restless and in severe cases, the disorders can affect even the weight and size. The most common sleep disorder in children include insomnia (lack of sleep) and respiratory problems.

Respiratory disorders in children during sleep

Snoring is the main symptom overnight that may indicate that the child has a respiratory disorder during sleep. Other symptoms you may have are:

  • breathlessness
  • Apneas (pauses in breathing)
  • Restlessness
  • awakenings
  • inadequate positions, such as head back or fetal position
  • Bedwetting

Most children with these disorders have mouth breathing as a result of having vegetations (spongy tissue in the upper part of the throat behind the nose) too large. Another common condition is to have large tonsils.

If a child has any of these symptoms, you should take it to the specialist in pediatrics for consideration and make a treatment depending on the diagnosis.


Diagnosis of sleep - disordered breathing in children

The children sleep test aims to differentiate children with simple snoring of those who have sleep apnea. To do this, the child should sleep a day with sensors that detect how breathing and oxygenation of the child during sleep.


Treatment of sleep disorders in children

In children with mild sleep apnea, proper treatment is through anti-inflammatory, whereas if apnea is moderate or severe, you should remove the tonsils and adenoids.

With the right treatment depending on each case, most children have a significant improvement in symptoms during sleep, allowing them to return to have a restful sleep.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. David Gómez-Pastrana

Dr. Gómez-Pastrana is an acknowledged expert Pulmonologist Pediatrician and child Jerez de la Frontera. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Navarra, in addition to Doctor of Medicine, with honors, from the University of Seville. It also has a European Diploma of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine by the European Respiratory Society. He is an expert in respiratory diseases and treatments in children, such as pneumonia, asthma, respiratory infections or respiratory problems, with special emphasis on Tuberculosis, sleep disorders and wheezing. He is currently the Director of the Unit of Pneumology, Children's Allergy and Sleep Disorders Clinic in Jerez Serman and optional specialist in child Pneumology at the Hospital de Jerez. On the other hand, he is the author of numerous scientific articles on his specialty.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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