The Maryland Family Magazine had an article on detecting sleep disorders in kids.
Sleep disorders, are more common than many parents realize. They can range from difficulty falling asleep to trouble breathing .It affects about 2 percent of all children. Many parents assume that the symptoms are normal, especially when it comes to the snoring.
Snoring is the most obvious symptom of apnea, which is the most common sleep disorder. But other disorders include circadian rhythm disorders, which affect the internal clock that tells a child when it’s night and time to sleep, and periodic limb movement disorder, which is repetitive cramping or jerking of the legs.
The good news is that these disorders — once identified with sleep disorder diagnosis— are fairly easy to fix.
Obstructive sleep apnea in children is almost always corrected by removing tonsils and adenoids.
Light therapy, which exposes children to special lights, may be used to treat circadian rhythm disorders. Sleep medication is rarely prescribed to children, experts say.