Dr Bill Johnston talks sleep aponea and snoring in children
About 15-20% of children snore when they sleep, and others breathe through their mouth rather than their noses.
While parents might think either snoring or mouthing in their children is cute, they aren't. Both can have serious consequences causing children to:
- miss out on the critical development building that occurs during REM sleep
- be denied oxygen saturation levels they need,
- be tired, short tempered, tantrum throwing, have speech and jaw development problems,
- be misdiagnosed with ADHD and end up on medication for a condition they don't have while the condition they do have, has been overlooked.
If snoring or mouthing is correctly diagnosed, something can be done. San paediatric ENT surgeon Dr Bill Johnston was interviewed on radio 2GB.