Sleep Apnea?????

Karla - posted on 12/05/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 1/2 and cannot focus on anything, he is pokey and has trouble focusing. I am sure he is not ADD as once he starts a task he can complete it and he is not losing things, or forgetful. I am wondering if he has sleep apnea. He does not have real extreme behaviors but is so inattentive. He will get distracted by something while we are talking to him about the fact he is not listening. It is getting too frutrating and I am wondering what I can do to see if this is the problem before going to the doctor.

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Suzanne - posted on 02/07/2011

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it is a possibility that it could be his tonlis, my son was a very bad snoreer (sorry bad spelling) and after his tonsils were removed because of throat infections the snoring stopped all together and now he only does it when he has a really bad cold. large tolsles can cause all kinds of problems

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From what I've learned, getting up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night is one of the major symptoms of sleep apnea as it causes increased urine production at night. (Not sure why, but apparently it does.) My son started getting up 2 -3 three times at night. On top of this, he is a mouth breather and a snorer. I watched him yesterday and noticed that he completely stops breathing in his sleep for several seconds, then seems to gasp, breathe a few full breaths and then stops again. It is so frightening! We see the ENT tomorrow afternoon.

Karla - posted on 12/12/2008

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No asthma. We went to the doctor today and they took lots of blood. They may send him to an ENT to check his adenoids as his tonsils are not big enough to cause a problem. Just waiting on the bloodwork results. They are looking at few other things but I don't really see how they are related to his constant restless sleep and tiredness. PFAPA - which his last doc wouldn't consider even with high cyclic fevers and canker sores and I am positive he must have outgrown because he only has the sores not the fevers. I hope it is as simple as low iron............

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My husband manages a sleep clinic in Colorado. I would definitely suggest a sleep study. When I went in, I was diagnosed with Periodic Limb Movement disorder. It caused me to wake out of sleep on average every 1 1/2 MINUTES. It was easily treated after being diagnosed. Sleep Apnea is also becoming more treatable. Has he been checked for asthma? My daughter used to wake up constantly, but after treating her for asthma, she sleeps through the night every night.

Karla - posted on 12/11/2008

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Amber I called the doctors office today and made an appointment for a week from now and then within half an hour they called back to see if I could bring him in today - so we settled on tomorrow morning. Did not want to panic my son being pulled out of school for bloodwork. They actually seemed really concerned and that has me a little stressed out. But I guess I should have an answer in the near future.

The getting up to use the bathroom seems to concern them - though I don't think it is a big deal, so do I!!

Amber - posted on 12/11/2008

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My daughter doens't sleep more than 9-10 hrs. either no matter how tired she is. She never sleeps in either no matter how late she goes to bed. Very frustrating! I know she usually gets up at least once to go to the bathroom too. I didn't watch her long enough to see if she moves around a lot, but I think she does. Her hair is a disaster in the morning and her covers are always messed up. She did have her adenoids removed when she was 6 and that helped with her snoring.

Karla - posted on 12/11/2008

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Thanks for everyones suggestions and helpful advise/stories. Sometimes I wonder if I am just becoming a neurotic mom since being at home and not working. I am going to get this checked out now that I feel like it is not just in my head!

Jody & Eric - posted on 12/11/2008

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Our daughter had sleeping issues too. Recently she had orthodontia work done, and her tonsils/ adenoids out. She stopped snoring the day of surgery. And now she sleeps so well, no restless twirling in bed. And easier to wake up.

Karla - posted on 12/08/2008

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Renee, I thought this was just a stage too, but he is in school and never sleeps more than 9-10 hours no matter how tired he is. He gets up at least once to go to the bathroom regardless of the time of night we cut off liquids (more than 2 hours before bed).

Amber / Erin - did your daughter move around alot? I taped Alex for 2 nights and he moves an average of every 10-15 mins - sometimes he wakes up but usually his eyes stay closed. rarely I can hear a gasp or squeak before he shifts. I really cannot tell if he stops breathing for any amount of time.

Amber - posted on 12/07/2008

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When we watched our daughter we didn't really see or hear anything terribly unusual. She did snore occasionally, but nothing major.

Renee - posted on 12/05/2008

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i have found with kids at the age of five they go through a stage were they dont get enough sleep but once they start schoo everything changes they are so tierd they cant help but sleep but what you exsplaining seema pritty normel to me

Erin - posted on 12/05/2008

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We just took my son to the doctor this morning to see about that. He is up a lot at night and restless. He snores sometimes as well. Our doctor took his blood to test his iron...apparently if they are having iron issues it can cause them to be very restless and not sleep soundly which can affect them during the day. Also, he said to observe him when we hear him snoring to see if it's just snoring or if he is working hard to breath or gasping or stopping in any way. He also had some inflammation in his nose we didn't know about...so now he is on a nasal spray. I'm not sure if any of this will help but it's worth a shot.

Karla - posted on 12/05/2008

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I was thinking of setting up a video camera in his room after he falls asleep tonight. Did anything come out of you watching your daughter?

Amber - posted on 12/05/2008

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We talked to our daughter's doctor about sleep apnea too and we were told to observe her while she sleeps for a few days. Watch to see if he twitches or moves a lot and if he appears to stop breathing or makes gasping sounds. If any of that happens they can send him to a sleep disorders clinic.

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