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When a child stops breathin in their sleep, what is the cause of it?
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In brief: Sleep apnea
Children with sleep apnea, disordered breathing and/or signficant snoring need to be evaluated, usually by ENT for upper airway obstruction.

In brief: Sleep apnea
Children with sleep apnea, disordered breathing and/or signficant snoring need to be evaluated, usually by ENT for upper airway obstruction.
Dr. Harris Lilienfeld
Dr. Harris Lilienfeld
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Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine
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In brief: Many things
The age of the child is important here, as well as the frequency and how long they stop breathing.
Erratic breathing during sleep is normal for all of us. If the child is older, and snores, then it is most likely enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or allergies. Either way, if you notice a child stop breathing during sleep for > 5 seconds, you should have the child evaluated by a medical professional.

In brief: Many things
The age of the child is important here, as well as the frequency and how long they stop breathing.
Erratic breathing during sleep is normal for all of us. If the child is older, and snores, then it is most likely enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or allergies. Either way, if you notice a child stop breathing during sleep for > 5 seconds, you should have the child evaluated by a medical professional.
Dr. James Cunnar
Dr. James Cunnar
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Dr. James Ferguson
I would agree, but not look into it unless it was more than 10-15 seconds. Recording the nasal sounds and taking that to your doc or ENT can provide them a better understanding of what you are dealing with.
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