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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?
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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.


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