Does Your Child Have a Sleep Disorder?

Do you know that children can have a sleep problem due to an airway issue? It is very important thatsleeping  child - pixabay public domain free commercial use parents look for and get treatment for these issues. If they are not addressed early, it may be impossible to correct them later. Many children, and their parents, struggle to understand why these challenges exist or what to do about them. This is typically very frustrating for your child and frightening for you.

So, how is a parent to know? Look for these challenges:

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Attention issues (ADHD)

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Learning difficulties

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Delay in beginning to speak

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Difficulty controlling impulses

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Anxiety/Depression

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Irritability

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Social withdrawal

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Disturbed sleep

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Unusual daytime fatigue

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Leg movements while sleeping

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Bedwetting

There are also some dental and physical issues often associated with airway problems:

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Deep overbite

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Mouth breathing

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Scalloped Tongue

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Tongue thrust

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Crooked teeth

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Allergies/Asthma

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Recessive chin

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Carb cravings/obesity

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Forward head posture

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Headaches

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Frequent infections

·Â Â Â Â Â Â Digestive problems

If you observe any of these issues and challenges, especially if you observe several, it would be wise to have your child evaluated for a sleep disorder. Then trust your dentist to help you to help your child. If you do not know where to get an evaluation, ask your dentist. You might be surprised how quickly your child’s symptoms will improve.