CPN | Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Pediatric sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing while sleeping. Two types of sleep apnea affect children:  obstructive, due to a blockage in the back of the throat or nose; and central, when the part of the brain responsible for breathing doesn’t send the breathing muscles the normal signals. Sleep apnea can be treated and sometimes is outgrown, but the consequences of untreated obstructive sleep apnea include failure to thrive, enuresis, attention-deficit disorder, behavior problems, poor academic performance, and cardiopulmonary disease.

For more information, visit the American Sleep Apnea Association