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How do you treat obstructive sleep apnea in children?

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Treatment for children who either simply snore or who have obstructive sleep apnea may include:

Sometimes, nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is used for children with obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP involves using a machine that delivers a stream of compressed air through a nasal mask to the child's airway to keep it open during sleep.

  • Weight loss
  • Managing allergic rhinitis
  • Nasal steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Removal of the adenoids and tonsils -- as a last resort

From: Sleep Disorders in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Family Physician: "Sleep Problems and Sleep Disorders in Children." University of Michigan Health System: "Sleep Problems." National Sleep Foundation: "Coping with Children’s Sleep Problems." National Sleep Foundation: "Children, Obesity and Sleep."



Reviewed by Amita Shroff on February 20, 2019

SOURCES: American Family Physician: "Sleep Problems and Sleep Disorders in Children." University of Michigan Health System: "Sleep Problems." National Sleep Foundation: "Coping with Children’s Sleep Problems." National Sleep Foundation: "Children, Obesity and Sleep."



Reviewed by Amita Shroff on February 20, 2019

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