Secrets to a Healthy Start for a Successful School Year

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( — July 13, 2018) Winnetka, IL — National statistics show that millions of children have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. In fact, on average, every classroom of 30 students has 2-4 children with ADHD, many on medication.  46.5% miss school due to chronic allergies. 39.6% feel sleepy and/or irritable during the day. 34.7% have difficulty listening and focusing, often being disruptive in class. More than 18% of children wet the bed. That is almost 1 in 5 grade school age children. Unfortunately, many children are misdiagnosed and many more are left untreated which can lead to lifelong health problems.

What if I were to tell you that all the health issues listed above are symptoms of something called Sleep-Related Breathing Disorder? SRBD is the interruption of breathing impacting a child’s ability to receive the appropriate amount of oxygen and preventing the ability for a child to obtain REM sleep, which is essential for proper growth and development. 9 out of 10 children suffer from SRBD. Is your child suffering? Quantity of sleep is no longer the issue, it’s all about quality of sleep.

As adults, we know when we do not sleep well, and we can bring our symptoms to our doctor. Children, on the other hand, do not realize that they have had fragmented sleep. They do not know to tell their parents, and many parents do not know the habits or symptoms to look for in their child.

How do you know if your child gets quality sleep each night? Take a moment to fill out a sleep questionnaire ( so you can begin to evaluate the quality of your child’s sleep. Mouth breathing, tossing and turning, bed wetting, teeth grinding, bad dreams, and sleep walking are just some of the signs of SRBD that can affect a child’s sleep and even negatively affect the whole family. These symptoms do not self-correct, in fact 92.6% of children will continue to exhibit these symptoms throughout their life and 30% will worsen with age. (JAOS, Brooke Stevens and Dr. Earl Bergersen)

Who can a parent call to help my child? Oral physicians who are certified and trained to assess and treat airway and SRBD can help your child. Parents should be very concerned that their child is not getting a quality night of sleep. The underlying root causes of SRDB include: a compromised airway, a narrow upper palate preventing the tongue from resting in the proper position (in the upper palate), as well as being a mouth breather rather than a nasal breather.

Is there a solution for a child with SRBD? Yes, HealthyStart®

What is HealthyStart®: HealthyStart® is a comprehensive, conservative, non-pharmaceutical, and non-invasive treatment which uses a child’s own ability to guide and develop their growth and development while helping them get a quality night of sleep. HealthyStart® is also a great alternative to straightening teeth without braces. This type of treatment is less expensive than braces, more permanent, addresses both health and dental conditions, and usually takes less time.  A win-win for life.

How old does my child have to be to use HealthyStart®? The HealthyStart® system can treat children as young as two. Addressing children during their growing years is critical for permanent change – so timing is of the essence. Do not let time slip by. Waiting can put your children in a position that their growth and development has already occurred and therefore missed their opportunity for permanent change. Older children and adults realize that treatment for sleep issues can only occur with a day-to-day treatment offering a band-aid type of treatment.

Visit the Doctor locator to find a certified Dental Professional in your area. Many offer the airway assessment complimentary (be sure to mention that you would like a Healthy Start airway assessment for your child)                                                                                                                                                        

Contact: Susie LaFredo,

Marketing, HealthyStart® by Ortho-Tain®  |

About HealthyStart® by Ortho-Tain®

With over 4 million cases, HealthyStart® by Ortho-Tain® has been positively impacting children’s health for 51+ years. The HealthyStart® Appliance System works with the natural growth and development of the child, passively at night while the child is sleeping. Pain-free, non-pharmaceutical, FDA Cleared and American Made.

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