A mother noticed her child’s large tonsils, and, with that a-ha moment, a diagnosis of sleep apnea was ultimately made, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Whenever possible, I needed someone to help me put him in his car seat as he would lie down on the floor kicking and waving his arms. This went on for two years.

Not surprisingly, there were very few offers to babysit. Friends and family didn’t always see the same loving and cuddly little boy we knew, which always reassured us there was probably nothing seriously wrong.

But by his third birthday, Mitchell barely slept through the night and his behaviour was wearing thin. Dinnertime was a struggle but by chance, one day I noticed a huge set of tonsils.