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Doctors Alter Guidelines on Sleep Apnea in Kids

April 01, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Snoring in children may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a common but under-diagnosed condition that has been linked to learning problems, slow growth and even bed-wetting and high blood pressure, new pediatricians' guidelines say.

All children's routine checkups should include questions about snoring to better diagnose the syndrome, which can often be cured by surgery to remove tonsils and adenoids, according to the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The guidelines--the academy's first on obstructive sleep apnea--are published in the April issue of the academy's medical journal, Pediatrics.

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