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Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (Children)

What is Snoring & Sleep Apnoea?

Snoring and sleep apnoea is not just a social problem, some snorers stop breathing during sleep. Increasingly, snoring has been linked to poor concentration, learning and IQ problems, behavioural problems, heart issues, blood pressure, weight and growth issues, nightmares, asthma, and even sudden death.

What causes Snoring & Sleep Apnoea in children?

In children, the most common cause for snoring and sleep apnoea is adenoid and tonsil enlargement. However, a nose, throat or craniofacial growth cause is possible too.

How is Snoring & Sleep Apnoea diagnosed in children?

To determine the severity of the condition and to exclude a central brain cause, a children sleep study will be performed by the Paediatric Respiratory Medicine Service in NUH.

What are the treatment options for Snoring & Sleep Apnoea in children?

Treatment may involve weight and diet control at the Obesity Clinic in NUH, night-time masks delivering pressurised air, obturators or surgery. Surgery may involve removal of enlarged tonsils and adenoids, radiofrequency reduction of nose turbinate swellings, laser or conventional soft palate surgery, and tongue base advancements. Craniofacial disproportions may require facial advancements by our Plastic & Neurosurgeons.

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