Health care experts say pediatric eye doctors are the best choice for treating patients with sleep-related breathing problems, including sleep apnoea.
“Pediatric eye doctors tend to have a great background in the treatment of sleep apniophobia,” said Dr. Richard P. Kaptchuk, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago and an expert in sleep apneas.
The term “sleep apnea” is a combination of sleep-deprivation and apnea, a medical condition in which a person breathes only when he or she is actually tired.
“Sleep apnea is very rare,” Kaptuk said.
“But it’s very common, especially in children.”
A child is one in 10 people with sleep problems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3 million children have sleep problems and nearly 700,000 have sleep apnaemia.
The CDC recommends that pediatricians refer patients with respiratory conditions such as obstructive sleep apathy, sleep apoplexy, obstructive pulmonary disease, or bronchitis to a pediatric doctor if the patient’s condition doesn’t improve.
Doctors who treat children with obstructive sleeping apnea are often called pediatricians.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 40 percent of pediatricians have at least one sleep disorder.
The American Heart Association also recommends that parents or caregivers refer their children for a pediatrician if their child has an obstructive, recurrent, or severe sleep disorder and has difficulty breathing.
The National Sleep Foundation says that approximately 7.6 million children in the United States have sleep disorders.
The American Academy says that the National Sleep Association recommends that children ages 6 to 17 ages 8 to 11, and those age 18 to 24 should get the attention they need if their parents or caregiver has sleep apnia or obstructive breathing.
Sleep apnOEas can be treated in the pediatric intensive care unit, a surgical ward, or in the intensive care suite, according to the Mayo Clinic.
According the Mayo, an emergency room visit is the safest option for treatment of obstructive or recurrent sleep apolism, as the breathing is controlled.
A hospital stay can be necessary if the breathing gets worse or the child becomes unresponsive.
If you have a condition that affects your breathing or breathing difficulty, call a doctor.