Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital pediatric sleep medicine specialists diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) based on symptoms observed by the parent as well as a variety of diagnostic tests including examination of the patient, monitoring of breathing during sleep (sleep study) and nasopharyngoscopy or X-rays to view the adenoids.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Typical symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) include:

  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Breathing pauses which interrupt a child's sleep and cause frequent awakenings
  • Bedwetting
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor school performance

The most common treatment for OSA is the removal of the tonsils and adenoids. Young children, those with neurological abnormalities and those with severe OSA are prone to postoperative complications and are usually observed in our step-down unit following surgery.

At Comer Children's, staff monitor patients very closely so they can detect any respiratory problems and resolve them quickly. Our pediatric otolaryngologists offer the best care for even the most complicated cases of OSA.