Experts Say Disorder is Preventable with Improved Breathing
Physicians Offer Tips for Restoring Restful Sleep to the Brain for Developing Children
What you don’t know can hurt you, say integrated health specialists Dr. Michael Gelb and Dr. Howard Hindin.
“Ninety percent of our brains are developed by age 12, so I’m asking parents to think about how a recurring decrease in the flow of oxygen and restful sleep to their child’s brain would affect his development,” says Dr. Gelb of The Gelb Center in New York (www.gelbcenter.com), a holistic dentist known worldwide for pioneering integrative treatments.
“Pay close attention to your kid’s breathing; if he or she is suffering from a sleep disorder, it may very well be obstructed breathing, which has been linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that’s causing the problem,” says Dr. Hindin of the Hindin Center for Whole Health Dentistry (www.hindincenter.com), who partners with Dr. Gelb in an interdisciplinary approach to treating chronic disease.
“Medical literature suggests that up to 80 percent of ADHD diagnoses have an airway/sleep component.”
October is the awareness month for ADHD – a non-discriminatory, brain-based medical disorder affecting people of every age, gender, IQ and religious and socioeconomic background. The good news, Dr. Gelb says, is that many such disorders are preventable. When children are 6 months, 18 months and 30 months of age, doctors can predict which ones are likely to develop disorders due to poor breathing.
The doctors say sleeping problems are serious and could very well require medical consultation. Additionally, they offer at-home, do-it-yourself tips for children and adults to promote better breathing during sleep, which is when obstruction typically manifests.