Researchers studied 156 children from first year of life to date of diagnosis with OSA. Children with OSA were found to have 40% more hospital visits, 20% more repeated visits and a higher comsumption of antibiotics and respiratory drugs. Referral to specialists was also higher. The higher health care utilization and morbidity was mainly due to respiratory tract diseases. This information is beneficial to pediatricians and sleep specialists for early suspicion and intervention.
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