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At Boston Children's Hospital, we take obstructive sleep apnea seriously: We know that it can have real effects on your child's health, behavior and quality of life. Our specialists in the Sleep Center have extensive experience in treating all forms of the condition and are here to help.
Can OSA be treated?
Yes, the therapies available for children experiencing OSA are very effective. With the proper treatment, children will usually be able to get relief from their symptoms and sleep and breathe well at night.
Why is treatment important?
Although your child may outgrow her OSA as the structures in her throat change, not sleeping well now can have long-term consequences that affect her growth and development, including:
Getting care for your child's nighttime breathing problems can have far-reaching positive effects on her ability to function well during the day and on her overall health.
What treatments are available?
Strategies to help children get back to breathing well at night often include:
How does a CPAP machine work?
A CPAP machine increases air pressure in the throat, so a child's airway does not collapse when breathing while he's asleep.
The air stream is delivered through one of the following:
What side effects may occur from using a CPAP machine?
Although most children experience none, some of the following side effects may occur:
What makes Boston Children's approach unique?
The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's brings together doctors, nurses and sleep lab technologists who specialize in working with children with sleep disorders. We use advanced methods and sleep-monitoring technologies to study your child's sleep and breathing patterns, which allows us to non-invasively diagnose even subtle forms of sleep disorders and leads us to best treatment options. In addition, we perform modified sleep studies to observe and evaluate any events that occur over the course of the night.
Every aspect of what we do is designed specifically for children. We take time to carefully diagnose your child's condition and provide close follow-up care. At every step, we work together with your family, as we consider you to be a central part of our care team.
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Please note that neither Children's nor the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders unreservedly endorses all of the information found at the sites listed below.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”