OSA in children

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) can be genetic as it’s likely that a child of an OSA sufferer will also develop symptoms.

The condition is more treatable in children than in adults. Identifying the cause early can help with treatment and may also prevent problems in adulthood.

It’s relatively easy to identify whether a child has a sleeping disorder, with common features including snoring, teeth grinding at night and excessive daytime sleepiness. 

The symptoms listed below can also sometimes be associated with OSA in children:

  • snoring (loud, squeaky or raspy)
  • nighttime gasping or choking which may wake the child up
  • restless sleep
  • heavy irregular breathing
  • excessive perspiring during sleep
  • severe bedwetting
  • nightmares or night terrors
  • sleeping with mouth open, causing a dry mouth upon awakening
  • morning headaches with feeling of confusion
  • may develop high blood pressure and possibly diabetes
  • overweight or underweight with developmental problems affecting growth
  • excessive irritability with personality changes and depression
  • difficulty concentrating affecting progress at school and failure to thrive
  • frequent upper respiratory infections
  • hyperactive behaviour such as ADHD