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Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Key points about obstructive sleep spnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is when a child briefly stops breathing while sleeping. It often occurs because of a blockage in the airway.
  • The most common cause is large tonsils and adenoids in the upper airway.
  • Loud snoring or noisy breathing while sleeping is a main symptom. Your child may also be irritable, sleepy or hyperactive during the day.
  • A sleep study is the best way to diagnose the condition.
  • If your child has large tonsils and adenoids, having them surgically removed may help.


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Providers Who Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    Departments that Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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    Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic

    Our Aerodigestive Clinic provide specialized care for children with airway problems and feeding disorders.

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    Infant Apnea Program

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