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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children: Overview, Causes, and More | KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children - Symptoms

What to look for?

Some of the symptoms suggestive of obstructive sleep apnoea include:

  • Snoring
  • Apnoea (pauses in breathing during sleep)
  • Snorting, gasping noises during sleep
  • Laboured breathing during sleep, with ‘sucking in’ of the chest
  • Unusual sleeping positions, such as hyperextending the neck to breathe better, sitting up, or propped up with many pillows
  • Restlessness and frequent awakenings during sleep
  • Sweating during sleep
  • Mouth breathing in the day or during sleep
  • Cyanosis (blue discolouration of the lips/face
  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Feeling unrefreshed after an overnight sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability or aggressive behaviour during the day
  • Learning difficulty
  • Excessive sleepiness during the day


Some of the complications of untreated significant obstructive sleep apnoea include:

  • Learning and/or behavioural problems
  • Poor growth
  • Diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart failure, stroke
  • Death (in very severe, untreated cases – rare)

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children - How to prevent?

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children - Preparing for surgery

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children - Post-surgery care

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Children - Other Information

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