Children who seem distracted in class may simply be exhausted because of breathing difficulties at night. Photo: Shutterstock
Children who seem distracted in class may simply be exhausted because of breathing difficulties at night. Photo: Shutterstock

Sleep disordered breathing can develop from mouth breathing at night and can go on to impact a child’s alertness and therefore their performance at school

  • Children with SDB may appear hyperactive or distracted, when they are in fact exhausted, with some branded as troublemakers or misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD
  • The cause may be blocked nasal passages due to allergies, enlarged adenoids or a deviated septum, and knock-on effects may include difficulty eating and unclear speech

Children who seem distracted in class may simply be exhausted because of breathing difficulties at night. Photo: Shutterstock
Children who seem distracted in class may simply be exhausted because of breathing difficulties at night. Photo: Shutterstock
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