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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
My daughter, Leeana, has plenty of charming quirks, like her little sweaty feet, and the way that she breathes through her mouth when she’s really focused. But these little nuances became a big worry, when she began snoring.
This wasn’t the cute purring that some kids do in their sleep. Leeana’s snoring actually woke her father up in the middle of the night. It made me uneasy, so I brought her into our bed so that I could monitor her sleeping, and what I saw shook me to my core.
My daughter stopped breathing in her sleep at least 6 times while I watched. She would jerk herself awake, gasp for air, and continue snoring until she stopped breathing again.
When I took her to her pediatrician the next morning, she told me that Leeana has sleep apnea. An estimated 1 to 4 percent of children suffer from sleep apnea, according to SleepApnea.org, many of them being between 2 and 8 years old.
Our pediatrician also explained to us that her sweating and heavy breathing were symptoms of her condition. She said that, while it wasn’t something to run to the emergency room for, sleep apnea does have several long-term side effects.
“As many as 25 percent of children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may actually have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, and much of their learning difficulty and behavior problems can be the consequence of chronic fragmented sleep,” reports SleepApnea.org. “Bed-wetting, sleep-walking, other hormonal and metabolic problems, even failure to thrive can be related to sleep apnea. Some researchers have charted a specific impact of sleep disordered breathing on ‘executive functions’ of the brain: cognitive flexibility, self-monitoring, planning, organization, and self-regulation of affect and arousal.”
Our pediatrician said that sleep apnea could be a result of oversized tonsils or adenoids. She also mentioned that a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine might help keep the airways open during sleep. The machine delivers pressurized air through a mask to hold the airways in the throat open.
I looked into these machines and found that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducted a study on them last year. Researchers found that kids who used PAP machines had significant improvements after three months, even if the kids didn’t use it all the time. Although I’m worried about how comfortable she will be wearing it to sleep, if we do have to go that route, hopefully Leeana won’t need to use it for longer than a few months.
If your child is snoring, or has symptoms such as heavy breathing and sweating, be sure to discuss it with your pediatrician. It may also be worth it to stay up one night and monitor their sleep.
Leeana has an appointment with her ENT later this week. Hopefully a good night’s sleep is in her near future.
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
‘Mom Gene’ Discovered in Mice
Is there such a thing as a “mom gene”? A new study of female mice shows that there might be a genetic link to nurturing traits. But the maternal instinct in humans may be much more complicated. (via TODAY)
High-Tech Tools Created to Study Autism
Researchers have developed two new technological tools that automatically measure relevant behaviors of children, and promise to have significant impact on the understanding of behavioral disorders such as autism. (via Science Daily)
Kids’ Prescriptions Often Going Unfilled
A large share of medication prescriptions to children on Medicaid may go unfilled, a new study suggests. (via Reuters)
Minority Children at a Higher Risk for Weight Problems in Both the US and England
A new study explores the ties between childhood weight problems, socioeconomic status, and nationality and finds that race, ethnicity, and immigrant status are risk factors for weight problems among children in the US and England. (via Science Daily)
Pregnancy Snoring Linked to High Blood Pressure
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Snoring that begins during pregnancy may be a sign of breathing problems that put women at risk for high blood pressure, a potentially serious complication for the mother and baby, a new study says. (via MyHealthNewsDaily)
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Monday, August 27th, 2012
Back-to-School Supplies Contain Toxic Chemicals, Report
According to a new consumer report, children’s back-to -school supplies have chemicals that have been linked to asthma and birth defects. (via Medical Daily)
Obese Youth Have Significantly Higher Risk of Gallstones
Children who are overweight or obese face an increased risk for gallstones, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. (via Science Daily)
AAP Issues New Guidelines for Kids’ Snoring
A new set of practice guidelines released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) may help parents and pediatricians uncover things that go snore in the night. (via ABC News)
Benefits of circumcision outweigh risks, US pediatrics group says
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines saying the health benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks of the surgery, but the influential physician’s group has fallen short of a universal recommendation of the procedure for all infants, saying that parents should make the final call. (via Reuters)
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Children’s snoring linked to behavioral problems
Children who persistently snore during their early childhood may be more likely to have behavioral problems such as aggression and hyperactivity, according to a new study. (via MSNBC)
A Host of Ills When Iron’s Out of Balance
Iron, an essential nutrient, has long been the nation’s most common nutritional deficiency. In decades past, many parents worried that children who were picky eaters would develop iron-deficiency anemia. (via New York Times)
Baby’s got cradle cap? Home remedy may worsen it
Home remedies for cradle cap and dandruff may do more harm than good by feeding the little organisms that cause the condition, two doctors warned on Monday. (via NBC)
Are gender-neutral toys much ado about nothing?
With all eyes on London in recent weeks, the city’s most famous department store managed to steal a few headlines — and maybe a few Olympics tourists — by unveiling a new gender-neutral toy department. (via MSNBC)
Is Corporal Punishment in School Legal?
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Corporal punishment in school is still legal in 19 states which may come as a surprise depending on where in country you live. (via Reuters)
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Monday, March 5th, 2012
Snoring Babies, Troubled Children?
Parents often think that snoring babies are deeply sleeping ones. But perhaps not, a new study suggests, finding that snoring, along with mouth-breathing and sleep apnea, are signs of disordered sleep that may predict long-term problems in children’s behavior and emotional well-being.
Toddler Found in Field After Tornado Dies of Injuries
A toddler who was found alive in a field in tornado-ravaged southeastern Indiana after her parents and two siblings were killed when a twister struck their mobile home died on Sunday of her injuries, her family said.
Youngest Kids in Class More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Children who are the youngest in their class are more likely than their older classmates to be diagnosed and given medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — suggesting that immaturity may be part of the problem, not ADHD.
Movie Boozing Tied to Kids’ Binge Drinking
How much drinking kids and teens had seen in recent movies was linked to the chances they overdid it on alcohol themselves in a new study from six European countries.
Smoke Exposure Late in Pregnancy Might Boost Baby’s Eczema Risk
A mother’s exposure to tobacco smoke during the last three months of pregnancy may increase the risk that her child will develop the allergic skin condition eczema during infancy, a new study suggests.
How Beyoncé’s Public Breast-Feeding Changes the Nursing-in-Public Debate
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When Beyoncé breast-fed Blue Ivy at a restaurant, was she intentionally making a statement about a woman’s right to nurse in public?
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Here, Tweeting Is a Class Requirement
Big consumer-products companies are going back to school. (Wall Street Journal)
Dad, I Prefer the Shiraz
Parents teach their children how to swim, how to ride a bicycle and how to drive. Should they also teach their teenagers how to drink responsibly? (Wall Street Journal)
Making Kids Work on Goals (And Not Just In Soccer)
Thirteen-year-old Jackson Sikes has been struggling for years to raise his test scores in math. When he got a 33% last year on fractions, Jackson says, “I didn’t know how I was ever going to learn them.” Battling his homework just made him frustrated, says his mother Linda, of Gilmer, Texas. (Wall Street Journal)
Cancer During Pregnancy on the Rise
Lisa Peterson Bender is coping with two conflicting but very real truths: She’s eight months pregnant. And she has breast cancer. (Aol Health)
21 Priests Suspended in Philadelphia
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it had suspended 21 priests from active ministry in connection with accusations that involved sexual abuse or otherwise inappropriate behavior with minors. (New York Times)
Snoring: Nuisance Or Serious Health Problem?
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Whether it’s a loud sawing or one of those grating, breathy affairs, snoring can be irritating for both snorer and significant other alike. So irritating, in fact, that recent Department of Health advertisements promoting marital health highlighted snoring as a potential source of tension. (Huffington Post)