Aug 09

A recent study published in SLEEP reports that children with siblings tat have OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea are more likely to have the sleep disorder themselves.

Boys who had a sibling diagnosed with OSA were 33.2 times more likely to have received the diagnosis themselves, while for girls the risk was increased 40.5-fold.

Boys with a sibling with enlarged tonsils or tonsils and adenoids were 4.53 times as likely to have enlarged tonsils or adenoids themselves, while the risk was nearly five-fold greater for girls.

Dr. Daniele Friberg of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm conducted the study by looking at the hospitiliztion data of the entire Swedish population under 18.

“Early diagnosis and treatment (of OSA) is important,” Friberg noted in an email to Reuters Health, adding that “it may be a progressive syndrome with fatal consequences if left untreated.”

Sleep Apnea in Children can cause many health problems including death

Sleep Apnea in Children can cause many health problems including death

Besides Death, Sleep Apnea in children can cause short and long term health problems including short attention span, obesity, depression, and other respiratory problems. Children should be screened for sleep disorders, especially if they have a parent or sibling diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The Dentist Studio in Winter Park FL is an Orlando Sleep Center that may be able to assist you and your children.