Weight is a prevalent issue here in the United States, with more and more children diagnosed as overweight and obese this year. But overweight isn’t the only ‘weighty’ issue concerning children in America. Being underweight can also be a problem in young kids. Not only is being underweight problematic because it could be harmful to your child’s health and development,it could also be a sign of a bigger problem such as the two common childhood illnesses allergic rhinitis and tonsilar hypertrophy.
These illnesses on their own can cause misery and discomfort in your child, but they can also cause other problems to worsen, including childhood obstructive sleep apnea. If you aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of sleep apnea, it is a sleep disorder that causes the child to stop and restart breathing throughout the night. The child may gasp or sputter for air as they sleep, causing them to wake frequently and not get adequate rest. It can also cause low blood oxygen levels which can be dangerous.
While sleep apnea in children may clear up in adulthood, there is also a possibility it may not, which can lead to further serious problems down the road, including anxiety and depression, cognitive problems, and it has even been found to affect things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease.
Of course, we love our children and want the best for them, so heading off future problems is of paramount concern. If you suspect your child may have sleep apnea, your child is underweight or overweight, or if you suspect or know your child has allergic rhinitis or tonsilar hypertrophy, please make an appointment with your physician to discuss your options.
A sleep apnea diagnosis can help set your child on the path to wellness. A customized sleep orthotic may be just the solution your child needs to start sleeping better and feeling great. It may also help with symptoms of allergic rhinitis and tonsilar hypertrophy.
To learn more about your child’s sleep apnea options or to schedule an appointment for a dental exam or any other dental questions, please contact Dr. Abelar’s office in San Deigo today!