Sleep apnea is a disorder in which your child's breathing slows or stops for brief periods during sleep. This can happen hundreds of times a night, making your child gasp for air and possibly wake up. Children from two to six years old are most commonly affected.
Sleep apnea can make your child sleep-deprived, irritable and badly behaved. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the leading reason for sleep apnea in children. At The Brooklyn Hospital Center, our pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating childhood sleep disorders.