Is Snoring a Problem for Your Child?
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Is snoring a problematic issue for your child?  While snoring is relatively prevalent in adults, it’s significantly less common in children. It’s only natural to question why your child may snore?  Is it normal or harmful? At what point does it become a cause for concern?

Snoring is an unusual sound, produced by vibrations in the upper airways of the respiratory system. At times, obstructed airflow can be surprisingly noisy and frightening, especially from a small child. 

If your child is loudly and frequently snoring, it’s vital to discover and determine the underlying source of the condition. In most cases, the reason your child snores include: 

A Respiratory Infection. A stuffy nose from an infection or allergies can undoubtedly trigger snoring. Blocked sinuses force air through the nose, rather than the mouth, which is what drives snoring

A Deviated Septum. Misaligned nostrils are a primary reason for breathing issues in children.  Disproportionate nostrils significantly reduce overall airflow, which triggers snoring.  

Enlarged tonsils and Adenoids. Swollen glands are the leading cause of snoring for children. Enlarged tonsils and Adenoids block important airways and make it remarkably difficult for children to comfortably breathe through the night.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OSA is a serious condition that affects 3% of children age 1-9. Sleep Apnea makes breathing extremely difficult because of significantly reduced airflow in the upper respiratory system. 

It’s vitally important to understand the signs and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea to receive timely and proper treatment. When observing your child sleep, pay attention to the following indicators. 

  • Is your child snoring more than 3 nights a week?
  • Are breathes often interrupted by gasps, snorts, or pauses of 10 seconds or longer? 
  • Do they wake up gasping or snorting? 
  • Do they sweat? 
  • Are sleeping positions abnormal or unusual in any way? Is their head tilted awkwardly back?
  • Do they ever wet the bed? 

As a parent, your responsibility is to immediately communicate these observations to a pediatrician or sleep specialist. Depending on the diagnosis and severity of your child’s condition, they may suggest one or more of the following treatment solutions

  • Removing all potential allergens
  • Prescribing allergy and sinus congestion medications. 
  • Increasing the mattress and pillow elevation, which helps to relieve congestion and clear nasal passages. 
  • Referring to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist for a diagnosis on the removal of tonsils or adenoids. 

If you still have questions or desire a professional opinion, contact the experts at East Texas Sinus in Longview, TX. Call 903-212-4399 or visit today.

Published by osky-blue-support on: September 3, 2019
Category: ENT Specialist Sleep Disorders / Snoring