Snoring is something that we need to keep an eye on with little ones. When I get a new client, I send them out an intake form which has many questions regarding their child’s sleep. One of my problems is, does your child snore or mouth breathe. I ask this because if a parent puts yes, it raises a red flag.
Newborns are noisy sleepers
It is typical for newborns to be noisy sleepers. But as they grow, so do those passages, and the noisy breathing usually fades away. But if loud snoring consists or gets worse, the best thing you can do is take a video of it and show it to your pediatrician. Loud snoring can be a sign of many things including enlarged tonsils and adenoids or even sleep apnea.
Snoring is usually a symptom of a more significant issue. And all of the possible problems make it harder for our children to breathe and get quality sleep. So while it might not bother the parents, it is something that needs to be looked into.
Snoring in Children – Is it normal for babies to snore?
Children who habitually snore are usually not getting proper deep waves of sleep because their body will wake them up because of the labored breathing and the build-up of carbon dioxide within the partially collapsed or blocked air-ways. So not only is their breathing labored but they aren’t getting proper sleep either. Both of these can be detrimental to a child’s growth and development. It can even lead to things like; ADHD behavior, poor weight gain, bed wetting, dark circles under their eyes, night terrors, and obesity.
Snoring can be benign, not harmful. But all snoring should be brought to the attention of the pediatrician. Snoring that accompanies any breathing difficulties such as pauses or apnea, gasping for air, frequent arousal from sleep, or excessive sleepiness throughout the day warrants an evaluation. Pathologic snoring in kids are caused by obstructive sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids and can affect your child’s learning and behavior due to constant sleep disruption leaving them irritable, agitated, inattentive and even hyperactive.
If your child displays two or more of the following, you may want to consult a sleep specialist:
- Snores loudly and often.
- Stops breathing for short periods of time followed by snorts or gasps.
- Sweats heavily during sleep.
- Is irritable, aggressive or cranky.
- Sleeps restlessly.
- Is sleepy during the day.
- Is difficult to wake up in the morning.
- Complains about discomfort in his legs.
- Sleep during short car rides.
- Is hyperactive.
- Has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity.
So it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to children and snoring. Get it checked out. The primary cause of habitual snoring in children is enlarged tonsil and adenoids and surgery to remove these things is relatively simple and usually corrects the problem.
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