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Could Your Child Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
More than 500,000 children in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep
apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is defined as poor lung oxygenation caused
by upper airway obstruction during sleep. The problem is thought to affect up to
3 percent of children.
Most children who have OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) are between 2 and 5 years
of age. Symptoms include: difficulty breathing during sleep, snoring, or mouth
breathing during sleep. OSA in children is often caused by enlarged tonsils and
WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?