What Can You Do For A 7 Yo Autistic Child W/ Sleep Apnea?

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I’m going to get a sleep study (maybe a portable one), but our son is autistic so I can only imagine the horror it will be trying to put a cpap machine or other things attached to him for the study. Has anyone tried any less invasive items with success? I did just order some nasal sleep “openers” that are reusable. I see pillows etc….but he doesn’t really use a pillow consistently. I am hoping we don’t have to take out his tonsils/adenoids. We also don’t want to medicate. So if there is anything else that might help please list sources if possible. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration! :0)

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One Response to “What Can You Do For A 7 Yo Autistic Child W/ Sleep Apnea?”

  1. CPAP or BPAP takes some getting used to, but it really works. However, there is a surgical procedure that will resolve the cause…although it can re-occur and your son may be too young for it. It involves more than tonsils/adenoids. This is something you need to discuss with your physician.
    A serious sleep study is probably not possible as a portable option. The ones I’ve had included constant monitoring by a trained individual in another room watching all the read outs and making adjustments etc. I urge you to address sleep apnea as requiring serious attention…lack of deep sleep often causes severe emotional and physiological problems over a period of time. The good news is that a BPAP or CPAP provides almost instant relief (after you get used to it for maximum effect). I’ve been sleeping with a BPAP for over 15 years…never leave home without my machine…don’t even take a nap without it. The effect of the quiet machine and forced air calms me and puts me to sleep…might do that for you son too. Maybe you could take the test also, along side your son, to reduce his reactions. Make it a game as a test pilot with his oxygen mask…show him some films prior. Your BPAP physician may have better ideas.
    Good luck – your son will benefit.

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