Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Does my child have a sleep disorder?
    confuseddad29 posted:
    My girlfriend and I have a 4 year old son who we noticed last night was having some sort of difficulty breathing. He was lying on his back and I noticed that he was trying to swallow about every minute or two. Eventually he swallowed and then stopped breathing for about 5 seconds. He then started coughing and was unable to catch his breath. He did not awake and so I had to roll him over to his side. He then coughed again and then started breathing. This was very nerve-racking for both of us and so we moved him in to our bed for the remainder of the night. He had a similar instance after about a half-hour in our bed. Those were the only two occurances of this that we are aware of, but we do not normally sit and watch him sleep for an extended period. Needless to say neither of us slept very well, and we will probably keep him in bed with us again tonight so that we can keep a close eye on him. Is this common for a 4 year old? What should we do?
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Confuseddad,

    It is possible for a child to have a sleep problem , including sleep apnea .

    Be sure he sees his pediatrician and pursue answers with him/her and/or a sleep specialist. If this is, indeed, a sleep disorder, the sooner it is addressed the better. And, either way, you need to ensure his health.

    Trust your concerns and pursue answers. I really hope you'll keep us updated because I don't think you're alone with having these concerns.

    Helpful Tips

    sleep Disorders and sinuplasty
    Make no mistake this hurts bad..they make it sound like a walk in the park BS .I felt that needle in my nose, I almost choke on all the ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 2 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health Sleep Disorders Center