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Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Key points about obstructive sleep spnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is when a child briefly stops breathing while sleeping. It often occurs because of a blockage in the airway.
  • The most common cause is large tonsils and adenoids in the upper airway.
  • Loud snoring or noisy breathing while sleeping is a main symptom. Your child may also be irritable, sleepy or hyperactive during the day.
  • A sleep study is the best way to diagnose the condition.
  • If your child has large tonsils and adenoids, having them surgically removed may help.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

George Zalzal

George Zalzal

Division Chief, Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Nancy Bauman

Nancy Bauman

Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
Co-Director Vascular Anomaly Clinic
Otolaryngologist
Pamela Mudd

Pamela Mudd

Director, Pediatric Voice Program
Otolaryngologist
Dinesh Pillai

Dinesh Pillai

Co-Director, Severe Asthma Clinic
Investigator, Center for Genetic Medicine Research
Pulmonologist
Diego Preciado

Diego Preciado

Vice Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Director, Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship
Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Brian Reilly

Brian Reilly

Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program
Otolaryngologist
Iman Sami Zakhari

Iman Sami Zakhari

Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
Pulmonologist
Sleep Medicine Specialist
Rahul Shah

Rahul Shah

Vice President
Chief Quality and Safety Officer
Acting CMIO
Departments

Departments

Infant Apnea/ BPD Program

When your baby has trouble breathing or has a form of apnea, which temporarily stops normal breathing, a home monitor allows for continuous monitoring of your baby’s breathing and heart.

Sleep Medicine

If your child has trouble sleeping, Children's National world-renowned experts in pediatric sleep medicine can help diagnose and treat the sleep disorder that affects your child's health and quality of childhood.

Pulmonary Medicine

Children’s National is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals for pulmonology and lung surgery because of our expertise in the field and the quality of care provided to patients and their families.

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.

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