My child has bad environmental allergies. How can that affect her sleep?
Allergies can cause nasal obstruction (blockage) and snoring at night which in turn can disrupt normal sleep. If your child has underlying asthma, symptoms may be worse at night. As part of treatment by your health care provider, it is important to look for triggers and assess for possible obstructive sleep apnea. In OSA there is usually habitual snoring, pauses in breathing, and looking like your child is working hard to breath. Allergy testing, such as skin prick tests, can sometimes identify specific triggers. Please consult your doctor about possible testing and optimal treatment.