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Well, daytime sleepiness is a serious issue as far as I am concerned. How can you possibly have a joyful life if it's spent in a sleepy fog? Just because your DS isn't behind developmentally, or academically doesn't mean that there aren't other issues occuring with his lack of sleep. Nor does it mean that if left untreated these issues won't arise. The lack of energy associated with pediatric OSA is often the first step toward future obesity, which in turn is a MAJOR cause of adult OSA.
The fact that your DH had a tonsillectomy as a child and now has OSA again doens't mean that is what is going to happen in your son's case. There is a chance that OSA may be hereditary, but it's likely other factors occuring (deviated septum, atonia of the upper airway, dental issues, etc. Even being slightly overweight can lead to OSA, depending on where your excess adipose tissue lies).
Jen 47 DS C 2/03 04/29/08/ DD S 10/28/09 DH Bill '97.
mighty-mama and her sister Kundalini-Mama