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If your child snores and has trouble breathing at night, it may not just mean that she’s a noisy sleeper. It could be a sign that she has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a common and treatable condition in which someone’s breathing is repeatedly blocked during sleep.
Here are some basic facts about OSA:
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches obstructive sleep apnea:
At Children’s, we treat children with obstructive sleep apnea through our Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, a team that includes pediatric specialists in Neurology, Pulmonology and Developmental Medicine. Children whose sleep apnea is caused by enlargement of their adenoids and tonsils are also treated in the General Otolaryngology Program (ear, nose and throat specialists).
Drawing on our extensive experience treating this disorder in young patients, we use a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the right treatment for your child's specific symptoms and circumstances.
Our experts are leaders in developing strategies for helping children sleep well. Children's physicians see more than 3,000 children each year in our sleep clinics and laboratories and we treat children at locations in Boston, Lexington, Peabody, Waltham and Weymouth.
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