Sleep apnea has an effect on a child's cognitive ability, behavior, growth rate, and heart issues. Since children with T21 are more likely to have heart problems from birth and are more likely to have sleep apnea, this combination can lead to severe complications. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for parents to accurately determine sleep abnormalities in their children with T21. This led to the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend a sleep study or polysomnogram for children with T21 by the time they are four. However, as the chance of having sleep apnea increases with age, it is important to check as early as possible to mitigate the negative effects of sleep apnea on the child's development.

Issue 1

Over 85% of infants to kindergarteners fail, which translates to a whopping majority of our young kids suffering oxygen loss each time they sleep.

Issue 2

The test is not conducted early enough, if at all, with recommended starting ages ranging from 3 to 5. This is close to the end of the most important phase of brain development in a lifetime.

Issue 3

Most families who place faith in their child's pediatrician/ENT/pulmonologist are told that the test is probably not necessary.

Issue 4

Most cases of sleep apnea are virtually undetectable to the parent until a sleep study is executed.