Did You Know that Sleep Apnea Can Run in Families?
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, up to 4 percent of children have obstructive sleep apnea. Some children are as young as 2 years old when they start struggling with it. Adam Amdur, 41 believes that he’s had OSA all his life but was only diagnosed at age 35. After his diagnosis he learned that children can inherit certain facial features that put them at risk for sleep apnea. For example, a large overbite, a recessed chin, or large tonsils are only some of the features that indicate if a child is at possible risk.
Due to his experiences, Amdur knew what to look for in his young daughter. Turned out, his daughter did have sleep apnea but unlike her dad, she was treated in a timely manner. Shalini Paruthi, MD who is a fellow of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine as well as the director of the Pediatric Sleep and Research Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center says, “absolutely, it can be hereditary.” Adam Amdur is confident that he has saved his daughter from years of “slow, incremental decline- physically and mentally.”
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