The Doctors: Sleep Apnea
Dr. Travis Stork said Sleep Apnea can be disruptive to your sleep, but it could also be the surprising reason why your children aren’t sleeping through the night.
The Doctors enlisted Dr. Ali Strocker to investigate young Maya’s sleep problems, which are a mild form of Sleep Apnea. Loss of sleep makes it hard for kids to concentrate, and Maya’s parents said she gets up several times a night because she can’t sleep.
In Maya’s case, her tonsils are so enlarged that they are touching each other, blocking her airway. Dr. Strocker elected to remove Maya’s tonsils and adenoids so she can breath easier and sleep better.
Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea
The Doctors shared a video of Maya’s Tonsillectomy procedure. Dr. Strocker said one technique uses low temperatures and radio frequency in removing the tonsils, to make recovery easier.
She explained that this process creates little bleeding, and it sounds like this process is a lot easier than it was when I was a kid. I always wanted my tonsils out, but I still have both of them.
Back in the studio, The Doctors welcomed Dr. Strocker, who was in the audience, and Maya’s father Matt, who was on the phone. He said that she is sleeping through the night and even napping.
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How Tonsils Affect Breathing
Dr. Jim Sears explained how tonsils affect your ability to breathe. He said that their function is to help prevent infection. With conditions like Tonsillitis or Strep Throat, the Tonsils may enlarge, but they should return to normal once the infection or illness subsides.
But some people, like Maya, have Tonsils that are always enlarged, and doctors call these Kissing Tonsils, because they are touching, obstructing the airway. The problem is worse at night because your muscles relax. Dr. Jim said you won’t get a good night’s sleep if you have this problem.
Dr. Ali said that Maya is already well on the road to recovery, and suggested that kids bounce back faster from this surgery. Adults, she said, would have about two weeks of sore throats after recovering from a Tonsillectomy.
The Doctors: Cereal Bars Trend
The Doctors mentioned the new restaurant trend of Breakfast Cereal Bars, where you can get a bowl of your favorite morning meal. Dr. Jim said parents love Cereal because it’s fast, easy, and has the potential to be a healthy meal, depending on the type of cereal you eat.
Cereal Sugar Content
But you should check the nutrition label for the sugar content in what you are eating or feeding your children. Dr. Jim said the grams of sugar per serving should be eight or less in healthy cereals.
The Doctors: Steel Cut Oats
The Doctors shared their favorite cereals. Dr. Andrew Ordon recommended Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal with fresh blueberries and almond milk.
Dr. Jim prefers low sugar granola, using Greek Yogurt instead of milk because he tends to get his breakfast on the go.
The Drs TV: Doctors’ Favorite Cereals
Dr. Lisa Masterson loves an oatmeal, raisin, and almond cereal, and she admitted she can’t give up her addiction to whole milk, so she uses it in moderation.
Dr. Travis Stork also recommended oats, saying it’s great that you can customize them with fruit, nuts, cinnamon, and honey, among other options.