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Miss F’s Journey Part 3 – The Sleep Test

By January 16, 2018 No Comments

MISS F part 3 – Why is She Still Having Problems with her Sleep?

When we left off in Part 2, Miss F had had her tonsils and adenoids removed, but continued to have issues with coughing and choking in her sleep. Things hadn’t improved that much for her.

So off we trod to Sydney at the end of last year (scroll back for the post) to get 3 of my 4 babes, including Miss F, checked out.

Did you know that Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs in 1-5% of children in Australia? And 80-90% of those kids are better with the removal of the tonsils and adenoids if there are no other medical issues present.

This is why I was concerned that Miss F hadn’t improved very much after her surgeries.

Was it possible that something else was happening during her sleep which was causing her to cough and choke and wake all night? Something that wasn’t Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Upon meeting the Paediatric Sleep Physician, I was absolutely floored to discover that there are over 100 sleep disorders in children BESIDES Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. And these issues can affect around 27% of kids.

Was it possible that there was more than one reason Miss F had issues with her sleep?

Was it possible that we had fixed one thing without addressing other potential causes?

Only one way to find out!

Sleep testing in children is the gold standard of care to establish exactly what sort of sleep they are having. If there are problems going on, then an experienced, qualified Pediatric Sleep Physician is the one who can tease out the causes behind them.

Results to follow! And let me just say, for us, Miss F’s sleep study was worth its absolute weight in gold.