My four-year-old little girl snores. It’s not a sweet, soft toddler snore. It’s a sucking-in-air, very loud, old-man snore. We always thought it was funny, until I read an article a few weeks ago about sleep problems in children.
It turns out that my little girl has Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which can cause a lot of problems with learning and thriving and can even be life-threatening.
My daughter’s symptoms are:
- frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep. She stops breathing for several seconds at a time.
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- snoring – loud
- nocturnal snorting, gasping, choking (wakes herself up)
- restless sleep
- heavy irregular breathing
- excessive perspiring during sleep
- sleeps with mouth open, causing a dry mouth upon awakening
- chest retraction during sleep in young children (chest pulls in)
- sleeps in strange positions arched backward over pillow or head hanging backward off the bed
- confusion upon awakening
- unrefreshing sleep
- is underweight