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What Might Be Causing Your Child to Act Out at School

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Thu 06/26/2014 - 09:15

If your child is misbehaving, or acting out, at school, there are many possible culprits for his or her behavior. You child may have an undiagnosed learning disability or an undiagnosed vision problem that makes it difficult for him or her to see the chalkboard, leading to frustration. Perhaps there has been a significant life event, such as a divorce or the death of a loved one, that is causing the child to act out. Another possibility is that your child is suffering from a sleep disorder each night that is causing residual effects the next day.

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 1 to 4 percent of children suffer from sleep apnea, and many of these sufferers are between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. In addition, as many as 25 percent of the kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD) may actually be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, which could be the culprit behind their attention deficiency issue.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Children

If your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD or is misbehaving at school and also exhibits any of the following symptoms, he or she may have obstructive sleep apnea.

Symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea may include:

  • Poor performance at school
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Anger or hostility
  • Hyperactivity
  • Breathing through the mouth (vs. the nose) during the day
  • Snoring

If you think your child might be suffering from sleep apnea, you should schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ivan F. Stein, a sleep apnea dentist in West Orange, N.J., by calling (855) 949-7667.   Dr. Stein and his team at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions offer a variety of sleep apnea treatments that may help resolve not only your child’s sleep apnea but also his or her behavioral issues as well.