If your child has sleep apnea, chances are they are not getting enough sleep throughout the night. This condition can also have more serious health implications, should it worsen. As a parent, you should be taking the following measures to mitigate the effects and symptoms of this common condition.
More studies are showing a link between junk food and the onset of sleep apnea. The idea is that unhealthy foods contribute to weight gain, which then increases the chances of getting sleep apnea. For this reason, you need to do everything possible to clean up your child’s diet.
Fruits and vegetables, in particular, are beneficial because of the nutrients and fiber they contain in abundance. They can also be a calorie-dense snack to help your child easily maintain a healthy weight, so their breathing is not as labored or constricted.
If your child is having a hard time remaining full by just eating fruits and vegetables, consider incorporating low-fat dairy products into their diet. They are high in protein and calcium, and will help your child reduce their calorie intake.Even snoring is not as much of a problem in people with healthy weight levels.
Consult with a Dentist
If at-home tips and strategies don’t seem to be working, it may be time to seek help from a family dentist. While dentists are only normally associated with teeth they can also utilize oral therapy as an effective treatment option for opening up the airways through specialized devices.
A customized oral appliance can be made for your child’s unique body makeup. It’s designed to reduce snoring and maximize alertness and energy throughout the day. Many patients prefer this type of therapy because the device is comfortable, easy to put in, portable, and is very easy to maintain. Consult with one of these specialists to talk about your child’s options regarding sleep apnea. They’ll schedule follow-up visits to make sure the oral device fits perfectly and is comfortable to wear.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition, particularly for younger individuals whose airways may not be fully developed. You can manage this condition by taking the right self-care steps and seeking professional help when it’s warranted. Your children’s health depends on it.
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