Children can snore, as they can have issues with their sinuses or sleep with their mouth open. If you notice that your child is snoring a little harder than usual and that their sleeping pattern seems to be off, this may be more than just general snoring. One of the things that you should have your child tested for if you are concerned about their sleeping pattern is sleep apnea. If your child does have sleep apnea, there are some ways to manage as a worried parent. Here are some tips for dealing with sleep apnea in your child.
Have them sleep with you for a little while
If you want to monitor your child or determine how well the treatments are going, you can have them sleep in your bedroom. Monitoring your child is important as you need to know if their sleeping treatments are working or if they continue to have the same difficulties with breathing while they are asleep. If necessary, set your alarm for every few hours the first night to determine just how well they are resting or if they seem restless.
Set up a CPAP machine
CPAP machines are excellent for adults and children who suffer from sleep apnea. The issue with a child wearing a machine is that the mask needs to be properly fitted. Order a new CPAP machine that fits perfectly over your child's face. At first, it is common for children to be a little apprehensive about wearing a mask over their face. if your child used to sleep on their side or stomach, they will have to retrain to sleep on their back in order to keep the mask on. Teach them to work the CPAP machine before they go back to sleeping in their room.
Keep a rest journal
After your child wakes up each morning, you should have them describe how they feel. After a full day at school, have them describe to you their energy level. Keep a journal of how your child feels after a full night of rest. This will help you and the sleep apnea doctor determine how well the CPAP machine is working and if there are any other possible underlying issues in their health. Keep the rest journal for several months after they start their treatment. If your child is old enough, have them keep the journal themselves and share their progress with you once each week.