The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines today, emphasizing the need to take snoring and obstructive sleep apnea more seriously in younger children. They’ve alway emphasized awareness of sleep-breathing disorders in past guidelines, but these new guidelines make stronger recommendations when pediatricians see children who snore.
While this is encouraging, I’m a bit pessimistic. It takes physicians years if not decades to change practice habits, and the same applies to these new recommendations. While the medical societies are doing their part to promote the importance of screening for and treating obstructive sleep apnea, it’s up to the general public to take a pro-active role and and bring up these issues with their physicians.