Pediatric sleep apnea is a breathing problem that occurs when a child's upper airway narrows during sleep. Pediatric sleep apnea typically differs from adult sleep apnea in several ways. Children often have only short episodes of disrupted breathing that lead to frequent breaks in sleep. Snoring, mouth breathing, restless sleep, bed-wetting, feeling tired upon awakening, daytime inattentiveness, mood swings and hyperactivity are common symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea. Enlarged adenoids or tonsils often cause pediatric sleep apnea. However, other conditions, such as muscle weakness, obesity and head and facial abnormalities, can also cause sleep apnea in children.
During oximetry, a sensor over your sleeping child's finger collects information about blood oxygen levels. This test shows changes in oxygen levels during sleep.
n otolaryngology surgeon may remove the tonsils or adenoids if they're blocking your child's airway. In some children, your doctor removes only the tonsils (tonsillectomy) or only the adenoids (adenoidectomy)