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    Default Sleep Apnea in children

    A few weeks ago DD went in for a hearing test where it was discovered she was a mouth breather, i also brought up her snoring, something I had never thought anything of this until it was mentioned.

    We went and saw the ENT specialist who after many questions suggested she may have sleep apnea, mainly due to her NEED for 12 hours sleep still at 9 years old.

    Through lots of trail and error we found that if DD went to bed at 7, lights out and asleep by 8 and then waking at 8, her moods, concentrating, everything about her was improved.

    However DD hates having to go to bed so early, she understands she needs it but doesn't think it's fair when her friends all stay up till 8pm or later. And I really feel for her, I hated always having to go to bed earlier than everyone else.

    We are still waiting for an appointment to have an official sleep apnea test done on her but I'm wondering if anyone has any advice?

    She had a big weekend and fell apart tonight, something she only does when she hasn't had enough sleep.

    I feel so sorry for her, she's an awesome kid when she has enough sleep, always happy and helpful but it's like she switches to devil child when she has one or two nights up later. But she needs to be up by 8 for school (she will sleep in on weekends so is allowed to stay up later) and she has been teased by kids at school about it which breaks my heart.

    Does anyone have any advice, recommendations, anything, to make this easier? I have changed our diet and we eat healthier than ever, her moods are all reliant on how many hours sleep she gets.

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    Teased about her bedtime? Or something else?
    She's 9 right? Old enough to have a special chat with you about her sleep and why she needs it? I'm sure you've talked already, maybe it's time to have it again. Talk about something special that she'd like, an object or an experience that she would like to have, and talk about how if she comes back on board for x-amount of time, that thing she wants will be hers. It doesn't have to be huge, just something that'll mean a lot to her. It's like a sticker chart we would use for young kids. Positive reinforcement.

    As for the school kids teasing, maybe you could chat about a white lie for those kids... Let her tell them that she's allowed to stay up til whatever time they are. It's not lying if she has your permission and it might save her a bit of meanness.

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    I recently got onto the website sleepy time for myself and found it's working wonders.

    Maybe Google it and give it a go, it basically talks about completing the sleep cycle you're in before waking up. So it's not so much when you go to sleep or how much sleep you have, but completing the cycle.

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    let her know not every child goes to bed after her. Mine go to bad at 7, as do other friends children the same age.
    Mine don't sleep in (they beat the sun up), others kids are woken for school.
    I think each child needs different sleep needs, just like adults.
    Are her tonsils/adnoids enlarged? I have one child who had sleep apnoea had her tonsils and adnoids removed and she is much better behaviour and sleep wise

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    I would second escapee's opinion to have her tonsils and adenoids checked, it would be unusual for a 9 year old to have sleep apnoea without an underlying reason.

    I'm admittedly surprised though that she is getting picked on for her bed time, it seems reasonable to me.

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    Thanks girls.

    Yes it's her bedtime she gets picked on for which really upsets me, I have told her to simply tell everyone that she goes to bed at 8:30 and whenever she likes on weekends, as fair as I'm concerned it is none of their business!

    Her tonsils and adenoids are enlarged according to her specialist but he also asked that they do a sleep study on her first, also apparently it is the better way to confirm her adenoids are enlarged?

    She had grommets put in when she was younger and I've always been aware these all usually go together.

    We've talk about it all the time, she does understand she NEEDS the sleep, but at the same time it upsets her that she can't stay up later like others and watch shows like they do.

    This week we did 7pm again most nights and she is fantastic, happy little girl is back! Friday night is always our special girls night and her reward for early bedtime, so she gets to stay up tonight for being so good this week as I know she will sleep in tomorrow and still get enough sleep.

    Thanks everyone. Think I may go back to the doctor and see if we can skip the sleep test.

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    Maybe it would help her if you explained that some of her classmates may not be telling the truth about their own bedtimes? I work in a primary school and while most kids her age go to bed later than 7 many go around that time but do not admit it (I know from the parents not the children)... Might also be an intro to a discussion about peer pressure!

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    First of all my bed time was 7.30 until I had a job at 15 and then it was still 7.30 if I wasn't working until Year 11.

    My 7 year old goes to bed at 7.30, lights out so only half an hour later. She sleeps until 7-7.30.Both myself and my 7 year old have enlarged tonsils and are mouth breathers and we are both chronic snorers. While I don't believe we have sleep apnea we both need a solid 12 hours sleep. The 7 year old sleeps like the dead, was wetting the bed until 5 and now sleep walks to the toilet.
    I don't get 12 hours with these cling-ongs, 3 soon to be 4 children so every second day I NEED a nap. I get to the point where I cannot function anymore and literally need to collapse. Just lucky the 2 year old still naps.

    Kids tease other kids, my 5 year old teases the 7 year old and their dad can be no better. I'm teaching my kids that standing up for themselves and being confident will see them thru.
    So what I go to bed at 7.

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    Default Re: Sleep Apnea in children

    Singlemumma, enjoy your girls night.
    I agree it might be worth teaching her that maybe a little white lie about bedtime to friends isn't such a bad thing.
    Good luck.

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