There is a major relationship of ADHD in children and Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
10% of children snore.
Of those 10%, 33-50% will have sleep apnoea if tested in a sleep study.
Snoring in children is not like snoring in adults. A wheeze or whistle or heavy breathing in a child is snoring (or more correctly obstruction)
Children with untreated sleep apnoea will be 10-15 IQ points below their potential.
A child who snores is 4 times more likely to be in the bottom 25% of the class.
A child with sleep apnoea is 9 times more likely to be in the bottom 10% of the class.
48% of patients diagnosed by a sleep study with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea had been started on stimulant medication for ADHD
Yes the earlier sleep apnoea is treated in children the better.
Don’t ignore snoring in children, Have your GP Doctor or GP Dentist refer you to an ENT for an assessment. The ENT will organise a sleep study if indicated.
Large tonsils and high narrow palate are correlated with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. If you see it in a child, be suspicious.
Please seek advice early.
ADHD is often a misdiagnosis of OSA. If you have ADHD patients check out their tonsils and find out if they snore and organise an ENT consult.
All these condition above can cause ultimately the jaws not to develop properly and therefore causing poor facial aesthetics and crowding of the teeth leading to crooked teeth. It is essential to be diagnosed at an early age so as prevent the children from getting extensive treatments.
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