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Healthy Sleep in Children

March 31, 2015

Is your child getting quality sleep?

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Sleep is essential for your child’s growth and health.

Your child may not be getting enough sleep or adequate sleep if he or she exhibits these behaviors:

  • DIFFICULTY GETTING UP IN THE MORNING
  • CLENCHING / GRINDING TEETH
  • SNORING
  • MOUTH BREATHING
  • RESTLESS SLEEP
  • FALLING ASLEEP AT SCHOOL OR IN CAR ON WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL
  • ACTING OUT/ HYPERACTIVITY/DIFFICULTY PAYING ATTENTION

*If oxygen levels are not adequate at night, children can experience:

poor performance in school

being medicated unnecessarily for ADHD

not growing in height to potential

an inability to maintain a healthy weight

prolonged bedwetting

night sweats/terrors

sleep walking/talking


   child-sleep-issues*Risk factors of Sleep Disorders to be aware of:

1. Having enlarged tonsils or adenoids

 2. Being overweight

3. Having caffeine, chocolate, or high sugar in diet

 

The Doctors of Lake District Family Dentistry may recommend one of the following:

-An airway assessment to evaluate if your child may have enlarged tonsils or adenoids which can obstruct proper passage of oxygen while sleeping

-Eliminating certain foods or drinks that may cause allergies/inflammation of the airway causes an obstruction

-Opening your child’s bite to allow for proper breathing and tongue position

-Placing an appliance to help develop the arch sizes for proper tongue space

-Therapy to learn proper tongue positioning

-Referral to Sleep Specialist

 

If you think your child may have sleep issues, please talk to one of our Doctors today!

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