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What is obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)?

Childhood obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a condition in which a child has partial or complete airway obstruction during sleep, leading to snoring and breathing pauses. OSAS is most prevalent in children ages 2 to 5 years old, but can also occur in infants and adolescents.

What are some symptoms of OSAS?

Snoring is the most important symptom of OSAS. Other nighttime symptoms include: gasping, snorting, sleeping in an unusual position and bedwetting.

Daytime symptoms for these children may be subtle, and include hyperactivity, trouble concentrating, poor school performance, daytime sleepiness, or fatigue. OSAS can also cause poor growth in children.

What are the complications of OSAS in children?

Children with OSAS may:

  • Develop behavioral or learning problems
  • Develop heart problems or high blood pressure
  • Have difficulty growing
  • Have problems with bedwetting

Some children are at high risk for OSAS. This includes children with:

  • Enlarged tonsils
  • A history of being born early
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Achondroplasia
  • Obesity

If your child has one of these conditions we suggest talking to your doctor about OSAS.

A sleep study is the only way to tell if your child has OSAS. Schedule your appointment today.

The Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital currently has one location. Click the link below to see if this overnight sleep center is right for your child. 

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