Though I don't believe Reid has an issue with sleep apnea, after reading about the incidence in children with Down syndrome I am definitely going to bring it up at our next appointment with his pediatrician. Actually, I read that most parents don't even know that their child suffers from this. Hmmnn...am I one of them?
According to Babies with Down syndrome-A New Parents' Guide, sleep apnea occurs more often among premature babies, babies with certain medical problems, and babies with Down syndrome. Among babies with Down syndrome, sleep apnea is usually due to upper airway obstruction. The upper airways can be obstructed by large adenoids, large tonsils, large tongue, or a combination of the above. Symptoms include noisy breathing, temporary
stopping of breathing, fitful sleep, and snoring. Children
with these symptoms have difficulty in draining fluid from the middle ear to the throat, and more importantly, have decreased oxygen levels in the brain, lungs, and the rest of the body during sleep. It is recommended that children who experience
these symptoms have a consultation with an ear, nose, and throat specialist.
Yikes, one more specialist for me to visit. I have been meaning to make an appointment but have not felt the urgency since Reid luckily has not had much to battle in the way of ear infections, fortunately. However, lately I have been hearing a lot about "Sleep Studies" done to determine whether their child has sleep apnea, and also heard of many having their child's adenoids
and tonsils removed...and now it is all making sense to me. Okay, so just because this is Down syndrome awareness month, it doesn't mean that I can't be included in the gaining more of an awareness myself! So, this post was for me I suppose so I would be forced to learn a little bit more about this issue and to force myself to make that ENT
Well...it also gave me the opportunity to post these sweet "sleeping guy" pictures!