Do you happen to have a child that has difficulty concentrating or sleeping at night and is hyperactive at school? Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD or you may suspect it? If so, your child may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), A condition often misdiagnosed and medically treated at ADHD.
OSA is a condition that is dangerous since it causes brief pauses in your child’s breathing pattern during sleep. Breathing actually stops because the airway collapses, blocking the flow of oxygen for short periods of time. That is super scary to think about. OSA has also been linked to increased child obesity, depression, and bed-wetting. Interrupted sleep frequently leads to other symptoms – such as fatigue, irritability, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and an inability to concentrate – all of which can have a negative impact on a child’s education and development. If left undetected and untreated, OSA can lead to high blood pressure and higher risks of diabetes or heart disease as children grow into adults. One of the ways to determine if your child has sleep apnea is to spend the night at a sleep lab. To me, I would think this could be an uncomfortable and frightening experience – not to mention costly at $1500 to $3000 per night! AND there can be a long waiting period since some labs do not accommodate children. But, there is another alternate to a sleep lab called The Easy Peezy Test.
NuSomnea has created a more accurate and simple way to detect OSA in children. The Easy Peezy Test, which includes a specimen cup and pre-paid return mailer, is mailed to your home and you simply return the urine sample to the lab for analysis from the comfort of your home. Within three days of receiving the test, results will be provided to your child’s doctor so that you can work together to help your child if needed. Testing for OSA in kids can be that simple, and at a fraction of the cost of a sleep lab study! A preliminary study shows this test has a 96.5% accuracy rate in diagnosing OSA in children. However, $100,000 is needed to finish development and validation of the Easy Peezy Test.
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