As part of our collaboration with Airway Health Solutions (AHS), CAFF has created the Clinician's Corner to provide access to airway and sleep research, education, and parent educational support for medical providers. CAFF and AHS are focused on providing the medical community with the information and training needed to better support their patients with airway and sleep issues.
According to a 2007 report from the US National Library of Medicine, sleep issues have become a prevalent issue among school-aged children. Poor sleep health or not enough sleep affects concentration, memory, and behavior, making it harder for your child to learn. Children who don't sleep well are more likely to feel sleepy during the day and to have difficulty learning.
Unfortunately, many children with sleep issues are misdiagnosed with ADHD or other issues when, in many cases, the underlying issue is that the child has a pediatric airway disorder. Pediatric airway disorders can result from issues, blockage, or malformities to the nose, throat, trachea, and bronchi.
Mouth breathing, sleep-disorder breathing, and snoring can disrupt brain development causing attention, behavior, and learning issues for children. An often overlooked group of symptoms associated with childhood airway disorders include bed-wetting, nightmares, sleepwalking, and colic.