Parents want the best for their children but we don’t always see the signs that something is not right with their development or mental health.
One mother has taken to social media and shared a photo of her son hoping it could help other parents with their own kids.
Posting on Facebook, mom Melody Yazdani revealed that she noticed a ‘huge red flag’ that helped her child finally get the support he needs.
“All parents. If you have a child, I’m going to tell you something you need to know that you have probably never heard,” she wrote on Facebook.
“And please share this. There is a huge red flag in the picture I am sharing with this story. Do you see it?”
She then shared how her son Kian received behavior reports at school even though he never got those before.
Melody said she was shocked when his teacher told her that Kian was pushing other students at school and was ‘having a hard time controlling his body.’
He also started acting out at home, throwing tantrums over small things.
“Every morning it’s tantrum after tantrum, before we even get out of bed,” she revealed. “Hitting and throwing things, and the screaming. All the screaming. Starting at 5am every morning. We were at a loss – how did he become this way, what could we have done differently?”
She said ‘lightning struck’ when she stumbled upon an article that linked ADHD to sleep-disordered breathing and mouth breathing.
The red flag in the mother’s photo is that her son’s mouth is open while sleeping.
“CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BREATHE THROUGH THEIR MOUTHS. Not while awake, not while asleep. Never. Mouth breathing is NOT NORMAL and has long term consequences for health,” she warned.
Melody explained that when a child breathes through their mouths, their bodies and brains are not getting enough oxygen.
“At night, this lowered oxygen saturation is detrimental to the quality of sleep and their brain’s ability to get enough rest,” she said.
She also listed other issues breathing through the mouth can cause, adding that sleep deprivation in kids and ADHD have ‘exact same symptoms.’
Kian did not have behavioral issues but he was diagnosed with sinusitis and sleep apnea.
“He got exactly 0 minutes of REM sleep during the first study, and oxygen saturation in the low 80 per cent, and his sinuses were 90 per cent blocked,” Melody expressed. “We had no idea that Kian had a headache daily, but it was just his normal so he never thought to tell us.”
After receiving proper treatment, they have seen a “complete 180 in behavior.”
“No more angry tantrums, no more fixation on little OCD things, it’s been an enormous change. Here’s why I am sharing: No one, in my 12 years of parenting, ever told me any of this. All the signs were there, right in front of our eyes, and I had no clue,” she added.
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