American Academy of Pediatrics publishes clinical guideline on sleep apnea in children
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Friday, August 31, 2012
A new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guideline recommends that children who frequently snore should be tested for obstructive sleep apnea. The clinical practice guideline "Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea" was published in the September 2012 issue of Pediatrics. The guideline recommends in-lab polysomnography for children with daytime learning problems, labored breathing during sleep and disturbed sleep with frequent gasps, snorts or pauses. The guidelines also call for children and adolescents to be screened for snoring as part of routine physician visits. The AAP recommends adenotonsillectomy as the first-line treatment for children with sleep apnea. Pediatricians may also recommend weight loss in obese patients or CPAP if surgery is ineffective or not conducted. The recommendations in published guideline are slightly different than reported by ABC Medical News and other outlets; please read the guideline for the correct recommendations.