Signs of sleep apnea?

Anyone have a child with sleep apnea? what are the signs of it? how is it diagnosed? I think my daughter may have it, she is 11 years old and this morning i noticed as she was sleeping she stopped breathing a few times…she also has huge tonsils doctors refuse to take out because she doesnt have issues with them other than they are big…


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Definitely test her. Does she snore?

My eldest was like this when she was between 2 and 5 she would waken herself and sleep walk. Docs did nothing and weren’t interested. I started using a homeopathic remedy called Lymphomyosit within 6 months of daily use she rarely had any issues again with tonsils or sleep.

Have her Dr refer her to a ear nose and throat office. Sounds to me like she has sleep apnea.

Take her to an ENT if her tonsils are big enough they will remove them and the adenoids


My daughter is 2 and was diagnosed after a sleep study Sunday night with it. Start at a pediatric ENT.

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Feel free to reach out if you need someone to talk to. Hearing the words “your daughter stops breathing 9 times an hour for more than 10 seconds each time” will shatter you.

Have the pcp order a sleep study. See the ent and request they take her tonsils. I work for a place that handles sleep apnea. I deal with patients all day that have sleep apnea.


My son was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and PMLD. I noticed a lot of snoring and waking through the night. He also is on the autism spectrum, so things are hard to decipher what causes what. Anyways, he had a sleep study done overnight at the hospital and was formally diagnosed. He will have surgery in august to have his tonsils and adenoids removed because they are quite large and blocking his airway. Best of luck to you and tell your pediatrician you suspect apnea and get her tested. It can make a huge difference in her sleep, behavior and learning.

Get a second or third opinion. Or just find a Dr who will remove them. God bless.

l get paid over $125 per hour working from home. l never thought I’d be able to do it but my buddy makes over $18830 a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The possibility with this is endless.

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My son is about to be 6 and has to have his tonsils and adenoids removed in July due to this and he snores terribly and is tired during the day, tosses and turns all night, and seems to stop breathing. Plus he is always sick.

He has been to the Dr at least 10 times this year if not more. We were finally able to get a referral to an ENT after always being told it was just allergies.

I’m not sure what the signs are. But that has been our experience and we made the choice to have his tonsils and adenoids removed.

It is frightening hearing them stop breathing at night.

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I would definitely start with a sleep study!

A sleep study! I have it and i stop breathing in my sleep and wake up gasping for air and it takes at least 10 seconds for me to get a breath in and its the scariest thing in the world

People with sleep apnea tend to snore heavily. They will snore, inhale, stop, then gasp for breath. This will half wake them up sometimes. Then they’ll fall back asleep and the heavy snoring will begin again. It doesn’t run in any particular cycle. It’s random, but it often goes on all night. I would ask the doctor to order a sleep study. They can usually tell right away if a patient has sleep apnea.

My now 11 yr old was 3or shy of 3 yrs old had to have tonsillectomy had to have everything removed because tonsils in larged snoring wasn’t sleeping well she doesn’t snore anymore . She also had to have sleep study before or after that can’t remember but was also done. Have the time also wasn’t breathing well.

My son did. He would snore incredibly loud and stop breathing and was a very restless sleeper. He had his tonsils and adenoids removed at 5 and he’s been great ever since.

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Sounds like you should find a new Dr.

Get a second opinion. My nephew had his tonsils out bc of this and it was life-changing for him. He is 9.

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Anodes also play a role as well my son had this issue he had his tonsils and Anodes out he’s definitely alot better only thing he’s got sinus issue now

Sleep study referral from medical or dental provider, and ENT Stat.

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She definitely needs checked out. I didn’t sleep well as a kid and snored. I couldn’t breathe through my nose. I was 13 before the Dr took out my tonsils and adenoids out. Never slept better in my whole life!

My son had sleep apnea. He also had really large tonsils that would get infected often. They did a sleep study on him and had us in surgery in less then a week! His oxygen was dropping way to low during his episodes. The starting signs I seen were extreme snoring and irritability during the day

Request a sleep study and find a Dr that will remove the tonsils

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Hey there. I’m a respiratory therapist and have spent the last 8 years working for a medial equipment company setting both adults and children up on cpap machines. Enlarged tonsils can definitely cause an obstruction while she sleeps. My son had the same issue when he was 5 and had both his tonsils and adenoids taken out for snoring/sleep apnea. Those interruptions in sleep causes them to wake up tired and can affect school performance. Weight can also be a cause of sleep apnea if she is overweight (I have sleep apnea and that’s my issue). Either way a sleep study would be how it’s diagnosed and if her ENT is not willing to correct it I would get a second opinion.

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I would suggest asking your pediatrician to refer you to a sleep doctor and if he says no then I would be looking for a new pediatrician.

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Ask to see an ent. You can usually refer yourself but may need the Dr to do one. They will be your best bet with everything! Oh and also if you ask your Dr to do specific things and they won’t tell them you want it documented they refuse, often they will then do it :woman_shrugging: remember they work for you!


I’d go to an ent, they took on look at my daughter and said they have to come out. Especially if it affects their breathing at night. I’d go see someone else and heavily advocate if you’re really concerned. It’s not a problem they want to have when they are older.

You bring up the sleep apnea and they will! They refused to take my daughters out at he same time as her adenoids bc they wanted her to gain weight. 6 months later I brought her back bc they were so big she couldn’t eat and was having sleep apnea(can’t breath and wakes up). They scheduled it immediately.

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Hi. I recorded my grandson sleeping to prove to the dr he had sleep apnea. Also snoring is a sign. A sleep study done at the hospital sleep center. Its weird they hook you up to lots of wires and stuff to monitor you sleeping. He stopped breathing 26 times per hour and was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsils and adenoids had to come out. Dr. Chenapodi did it. He was great!

l get paid over $155 per hour working from home. l never thought I’d be able to do it but my buddy makes over $17412 a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The possibility with this is endless.

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I Get Paid 0ver $ 109 per hour w0rking from h0me. I never thought l’d be able to do it but my colleague makes over $ 13489 a m0nth doing this and she convinced me t0 try. The possibility with this is limitless.


My son was diagnosed with sleep apnea at 4 years old, luckily I had a video of him sleeping. I went to the doctor and was referred straight away, within 6 months he was in hospital, had tonsils out, adenoids done. Since the operation he hardly snores anymore and breathing never stops or causes gasping for breathe…

Take her the Dr and get a sleep test.
It’s a medical condition.

l get paid over $125 per hour working from home. l never thought I’d be able to do it but my buddy makes over $18830 a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The possibility with this is endless.

M0re Info.

My son is almost 2 and just had to have his tonsils removed because of his sleep apnea. We got a referral to an ENT at the children’s hospital and from there they sent us for a sleep study. From that they diagnosed him with severe obstructive sleep apnea. I would try taking your daughter to a different ENT for a second opinion. Having my sons removed has made a huge difference in not only his sleep, but also he is a much happier little boy!!

I Get Paid 0ver $ 109 per hour w0rking from h0me. I never thought l’d be able to do it but my colleague makes over $ 13700 a m0nth doing this and she convinced me t0 try. The possibility with this is limitless.


I would talk to her pediatrician asap & bring up the sleep apnea issues. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was 5 due to them being to big & constantly getting sick with tonsillitis. Make sure when she gets it done that you stock up on popsicles, ice cream, pediasure, and pedialyte. I remember losing A LOT of weight due to not being able to eat ANYTHING and getting dehydrated because even drinking hurt. My parents were really scared & I remember my dad making me eat pancakes because I wouldn’t eat. Now I can’t stand them due to being forced to eat them. :face_vomiting:

I had large tonsils well into my 20’s. I’d wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air and choking. I had a sleep test done and was told that I had an “upper airway restriction.” I was referred to an ENT and he took out my tonsils. I was 26. It was the worst recovery ever! I would go through back labor and the recovery of a vaginal delivery again before I’d ever get my tonsils out (good thing you only need them one once) If they are causing an issue now, take her to a specialist to get them removed so she doesn’t go through what I did when I was older. They say that it’s a much easier recovery period when you’re younger.

My son had his removed because he was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Ask you primary for a sleep study. Exaggerate of you need to but tell them

Ummmm new doctor it sounds like obstructive sleep apnea

when covid hit I took leave to be with my kids. I noticed our 3 yr old had this same issue. at about 3.5 yes old he had surgery. My oldest had his removed too but he would always choke on food. Middle child had no issues. I suggest a second dr option. My thoughts are w you

Had to take my son to an ENT to get his removed he was snoring really loud and not getting a good night’s sleep now without them it’s much better