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Nicki D
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PostSubject: Sleep apnoea   Mon 26 Apr 2010, 8:36 pm

Does anyone else have experience of sleep apnoea? We think that Jon may have it - a few weeks ago, he had a nasty bout of croup, so was in our bed, and he stopped breathing several times during the night.

Having done a little bit of research, it would explain an awful lot of things - he wakes up tired in the morning (we have to kick him out of bed at 8am on nursery days, and he usually wakes sometime around 9 on weekends...), he will still happily have a 3 hour nap in the afternoon (he's four and a half...), he's very small for his age (I've just bought him some age 3 trousers, as he's now grown out of his age 2s), he snores, he has enlarged tonsils...

We took him to an ENT specialist today, and he said that there was no obstruction, and has asked us to go back in 6 months, having watched Jon sleep! I'm not sure how we're supposed to do that without disturbing him, as he breathes really quietly, so we'd need the light on to watch his chest rising and falling, and to be honest, I'm not sure I could stay awake all that time to watch him...

Any advice/similar stories out there?

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PostSubject: Re: Sleep apnoea   Tue 27 Apr 2010, 1:21 pm

Hi Nicki,

We thought Aimee had sleep apnoea too and that they cause her terrible night terrors.
She was too big for an apnoea mat & she kept pulling off the lead for a normal box (near giving us heart failure every time!)
In the end we invested in a little CCTV camera that filmed her all night as well as her apnoea alarm. We could see by flicking the telly what she was doing if the alarm went off (fidgeting etc). The picture was so good we could even notice small movements like chest rise & fall.
What was useful was in the run up to a terror she would snore - thus suggesting apnoea.

Sleep clinic suggested it was because she invariabley has so much 'goo' in her chest it was hard for her to sleep & to try raising the end of her bed on books. We did this and we put a pillow UNDER her mattress to raise her a bit.
That really helped - she still has the pillow under her mattress now and a V pillow to sleep on as she is that much older!

Hope this helps
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PostSubject: Re: Sleep apnoea   Tue 27 Apr 2010, 8:09 pm

Hi Liz,

Thanks for the advice - the cctv is a great idea, I'm sure I can get my geeky hubby to rig up a webcam to watch over him.

I do wonder if the reason that Jon appears to sleep for so long is that he's not getting good quality sleep, so is not really resting properly.

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