Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea: an update.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Name Institution Affiliation OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APEA The main idea is to come up with a clinical guideline, intended for evaluation, diagnosis management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea syndrome among school going children. Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common condition that can have an adverse effect if not treated. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is an inhalation disorder associated with young children during sleep. The disease is characterized by prolonged partial airway that interrupts normal ventilation during sleep. Other symptoms include abnormal breathing, habitual snoring, frequent nightmares and restlessness. In the year 2002, professionals in the American School of Pediatrics tried to come up with a clinical practice guideline on how to manage and diagnose OSA. However, since then there has not been a clear guidance to the health practitioners on evaluation criteria and treatment of snoring child. It is estimated that about 7% of school going children snores about three times per week. This condition is known as habitual snoring. According to survey data conducted by over 6,000 children, habitual snoring has been related to poor temper and low mental capacity. Additionally, snoring has also been associated with high blood pressure and neurosis. (Farber, Schechter, & Marcus, 2002) Pediatric OSA occurs to children in various stages of development, but it is most common to school going, pupils. It occurs correspondingly among young boys and girls. When it is not treated, children are more likely to suffer from poor learning and behavioral problems. There are various scientific

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