Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person takes pauses in breathing while sleeping due to blocked airways limiting the airflow to the lungs, brain, and body. Screening for sleep apnea is based on the signs and symptoms of a patient and his/her sleep history. You can make lifestyle changes to relieve the symptoms and prevent sleep apnea from worsening.
If you have mild sleep apnea symptoms, your doctor may recommend only lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, healthy diet maintenance or quitting smoking. If these measures don't prove helpful in curing sleep apnea or if your apnea is moderate to severe, there are other treatments available.
Sleep apnea is very common in children and is also known as pediatric sleep apnea. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, the age of children with sleep apnea varies, but for many of them it lies between 2 and 8 years old.