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Do children also have obstructive sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea or more appropriately “sleep disordered breathing” also occurs in children. This may range from simple snoring to obstructive sleep apnea. For understanding we should know that snoring is a noisy breathing with no interference in sleep or breathing pattern while in obstructive sleep apnea is repeated episodes of upper airway obstruction with disturbance in breathing and sleep and associated with reduction in oxygen saturation.

This not only affects the sleep but also affects the overall quality of life. Enlargement of adenoid and tonsil is a very common cause of sleep disordered breathing in children.