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Snoring Kids Should Be Screened for Sleep Apnea: Experts
Date:8/28/2012

re (PAP) machines to help keep the airways open during sleep. Some medications may also help treat sleep apnea.

Dr. Michael Rothschild, the director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, agreed that kids who snore should be screened for sleep apnea. "If the child snores, but has small tonsils and I get a good history from parents, and they show no signs of struggling when I watch a video of them at night, I feel comfortable that this is just uncomplicated snoring," he said. "Not every kid who snores needs surgery."

And surgery alone doesn't cure every kid with sleep apnea, Rothschild added. Obesity is on the rise among kids, and is linked to sleep apnea. "There are obese kids with small tonsils and thin kids with big tonsils," he said. In obese children, weight loss is also part of the treatment plan as surgery alone may not resolve the sleep apnea entirely.

The guidelines recommend weight loss in obese or overweight children who snore, in addition to other therapy.

More information

Get the facts about sleep apnea from the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

SOURCES: Michael Rothschild, M.D., director, pediatric otolaryngology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City; Carole L. Marcus, MBBCh, professor of pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; September 2012, Pediatrics


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