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Overcoming sleep disorders in children

Chandra McGuire thought she’d have to learn to live with her 2-year-old son’s snoring and pauses in breathing that roused him, and her, two to four times a night. “He’s always been hyperactive and had a very quick temper,” McGuire said. “His doctors kept telling me it was colic, but when you can’t sleep it affects everything else.”

Lately, though, her son Francis Massey V has been sleeping through the night for the first time in his life, two months after his enlarged tonsils and adenoids were surgically removed at Boston Children’s Hospital, a procedure his doctors hoped would open his airways and help him breathe better during sleep.

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