Martha Jefferson HealthWise--July 11th

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are sleep disorders normally associated with middle-aged, overweight males. Yet, some 12% of pre-school children have primary habitual snoring, and more alarmingly, 1 - 3% of children have the potentially life threatening medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Paige Powers with Martha Jefferson Hospital specializes in Ear, Nose and Throat and explains more about harmful sleep disorders. In adults the risk factors are mostly males and being overweight. Some of the reasons this condition occurs in small children are large adenoids, large tonsils, a nasal obstruction and allergies. Parents should watch for snoring, breath holding, night walking, bed wetting excessive daytime sleepiness, decreasing school performance and behavioral problems. For more information, Dr. Paige Powers can be reached at 434-982-7009.

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