What are the signs and symptoms of childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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The clinical presentation of a child with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is nonspecific and requires increased awareness by the primary care physician. OSA symptoms in children can include the following:

  • Abnormal breathing during sleep

  • Frequent awakenings or restlessness

  • Frequent nightmares

  • Enuresis

  • Difficulty awakening

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Hyperactivity/behavior problems

  • Daytime mouth breathing

  • Poor or irregular sleep patterns

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