The Upper Airway Center at Cincinnati Children’s provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to caring for our patients with complex obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We have specific expertise in treating OSA in infants, children and young adults with craniofacial abnormalities and Down syndrome.

How We Are Different

At Cincinnati Children’s, specialists come together from different disciplines, including otolaryngologists, pulmonologists who specialize in sleep, radiologists, plastic surgeons, geneticists and developmental pediatricians from the Thomas Center for Down Syndrome. Our expert team has performed hundreds of craniofacial surgeries. Specialists collaborate in a single location to provide comprehensive care for each child, attending a weekly meeting to review each child’s case and develop and discuss the care plan.

The Upper Airway Center, part of our No. 4 rated pediatric pulmonology program, focuses on children with craniofacial anomalies who are prone to sleep disordered breathing. Anatomically, theses patients are predisposed to upper airway obstruction and obstruction during sleep. Most children with Down syndrome will develop sleep apnea by age 9 to 11, with 60 percent developing sleep apnea by age 3. Long-term consequences of not treating a child’s sleep disordered breathing include behavior problems, cognitive delays and developmental delays.

Read more about how we diagnose and treat sleep breathing disorders.

Q&A on Chronic Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Cincinnati Children's hosted a live, online Q&A session on chronic obstructive sleep apnea in children with Down syndrome, Pierre Robin syndrome or micrognathia. During the one-hour event, our co-hosts, Raouf Amin, MD, and Stacey Ishman, MD, MPH, answered questions from families online in real time. Watch the Q&A event.