Children’s Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) can be a difficult concept for parents and children alike. Dr. Gaudio knows the uncertainty kids are up against if they have SDB. Not only are they not getting the rest they need to be healthy, but that lack of sleep manifests itself in emotional and behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and aggressiveness.
Children with enlarged tonsils, or a dental condition called cross bite, and those that have convex facial features are more likely to have SBD. Surprisingly, weight isn’t associated with an increased risk in children, unlike adults that are overweight and develop sleep apnea.
Parents, ask yourself the following questions and see if your child might be suffering from Sleep-Disordered Breathing.
Does your child do any of the following?
- Wet the bed?
- Become restless in bed at night?
- Snore or gasp in their sleep?
- Breathe through their mouth?
- Have pauses in breathing while asleep?
- Become irritable during the day?
If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, Dr. Gaudio suggests your child may be suffering from Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Fixing SDB can usually get rid of unpleasant symptoms like bed wetting or mouth breathing. These symptoms may be leading indicators of adult sleep apnea, however, they don’t make children more at risk of developing this disorder as an adult. By addressing your child’s SBD now, Dr. Gaudio can prevent your child from progressing to worse symptoms later in life, such as snoring and sleep apnea (which can be life threatening if not treated early on). Dr. Gaudio wants to prevent your child from developing the symptoms listed above before they spin out of control. His continued pursuit of advanced education in this area allows him to identify the bad habits associated with mouth breathing that develop which change the body’s ability to rest and repair during fitful sleep which allows for proper growth.
Guided growth occurs with the correction of the bad habits with the use of mouth “guards” along with specific exercises to reestablish proper function of the muscles involved in breathing, chewing and swallowing.