Not much is understood by parents about snoring or sleep apnea, especially their child. Snoring can be a sign that your child has sleep apnea as it indicates, at the very least, that their airway is partially obstructed during sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can interrupt or stop your child’s breathing, prevent a normal night’s sleep, impair growth, and lead to a lower quality of life. It also can cause serious fatigue during the day which is why it is so often confused with ADHD. Sleep-disordered breathing such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has long been associated with ADHD. You should know that not every child diagnosed with sleep apnea has ADHD, just as not every child diagnosed with ADHD has sleep apnea. Children with obstructive sleep apnea do not get restful sleep, and as a result may complain of morning headaches, be irritable and have difficulty concentrating.
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A great deal is known about treating childhood ADHD, and the research literature on adult treatment is growing. There have been numerous studies to investigate the efficacy and safety of a number of different treatments. Only three treatments have been proven to be effective for ADHD: behavior modification, medication and the combination of the two. These treatments have been demonstrated to have short-term effects. No treatment has been shown to influence outcomes in adolescents or adult with ADHD over the long term.
Other treatments, including individual counseling, play therapy, dietary interventions, treatment for inner ear problems, neurofeedback/biofeedback, perceptual-motor training, sensory integration training, chiropractic manipulation, pet therapy and others have no proven efficacy for ADHD. Academic performance of children with ADHD can be improved by using known treatments in the classroom and by teachers making appropriate accommodations in school to assist the student.
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