Health Note: Screen Kids for Snoring

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that pediatricians screen all children for snoring, since chronic snoring is often a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

This common condition in children often includes habitual nighttime snoring. It causes breathing problems during sleep and can lead to sleep disturbances and problems with learning and behavior. If OSAS is suspected, the diagnostic test of choice is a nighttime sleep study called “nocturnal polysomnography.” Other diagnostic techniques may also be useful in specific circumstances.

Adenotonsillectomy, or removal of tonsils and adenoids, is the first line of treatment for most children with OSAS. The child should be re-evaluated after the surgery to determine if additional treatment is required.

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From United Parenting Publications, November 2002.