Early Intervention for Pediatric Sleep Disorders in Jacksonville, Florida 

Early Intervention is something we take very seriously at First Coast Dental Sleep Medicine. Treating babies or toddlers early helps them to develop the way they are supposed to. Proper development has a strong effect on how their body will function as an adult. 

Symptoms

During sleep, signs and symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea might include:

  • Snoring
  • Sleep terrors
  • Restless sleep
  • Snorting, coughing, or choking
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Bed wetting

Infants and young children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) don’t always snore. They might just have disturbed sleep.

During the day, children with OSA might:

  • Have poor weight gain
  • Be hyperactive
  • Have behavioral problems
  • Have difficulty paying attention
  • Have learning problems
  • Perform poorly in school

Risk Factors

Besides obesity, other risk factors for pediatric sleep apnea include having:  

  • Down Syndrome
  • History of low birth weight
  • Abnormalities in the scull or face
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Sickle Cell disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Family history of obstructive sleep apnea

Complications

Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea can have serious complications, including:

  • Failure to grow
  • Heart problems
  • Death

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep.

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Early Intervention is Important!  

Proper development strongly effects how their body will function when they are full grown.