If Kid’s ADHD Continues Into Adulthood…

Here’s a study which reports that 29% of children with ADHD go on to have ADHD as adults. I’ve written extensively about how a significant portion of kids with ADHD have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, in one study, taking out tonsils and adenoids cured 50% of children with ADHD. Clearly, not all ADHD is related to a sleep-breathing problem, but even if it’s due to sleep apnea in 50%, or 25%, or even 10%, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to at least screen for it? 

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  1. I’m glad you and other doctors are talking about the link between sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Sadly I think we’ve left our daughter to suffer for several years w/ sleep apnea while we chalked up her up and down moodswings, daytime tiredness, hyperactivity, etc to terrible 2s and 3s.

    Not one doctor mentioned her enlarged tonsils (which are almost touching) as a cause of concern. They noted it and moved on, never asking about sleep patterns. We figured it out only because we began co-sleeping with her again and noticed her apneas.