Snoring

Snoring is the worst nightmare especially in children. Snoring in children isn’t just noisy but can be a sign of serious health problems that should be treated by an ENT specialist. Read on to know more about snoring in children and how the Paediatric ENT Specialist at Adventis ENT can help your child.

About Snoring in Children

Every parent wants their child to get peaceful nighttime sleep. They do everything it takes to make kids calm and noise-free in an environment that might wake up the child in the middle of the night.

What makes children snore ?

Causes of Snoring in Children

Children snore for many reasons. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Respiratory Allergies or Infections

If a child has a stuffy nose from cold, allergies, or flu, it is likely that their snoring is caused due to blockage in airways caused due to rhinitis or sinusitis. A blocked nasal passage or airways causes a child to breathe through the mouth which leads to snoring.

  • Enlarged Tonsils or Adenoids

Tonsils or Adenoids are a leading cause of snoring in children. It strongly indicates a potential sleep apnea disorder. The swollen glands block the airways which make it difficult for the child to breathe comfortably through the night. 

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Nearly 3% of children of age between 1 to 9 have obstructive sleep apnea. It is a sleep disorder in which airflow through the upper respiratory system becomes obstructed. Indeed, it causes breathing to repeatedly stop or start during sleep. 

  • Being Overweight

Obese children can develop snoring due to narrowing of the air passage.

  • A Deviated Septum

A deviated septum occurs in children when the thin wall between nasal passages is displaced to another side causing congestion in the nostril and reducing airflow making it difficult to breathe.

But what to do if your child’s snoring disturbs their sleep?

Snoring in children can be a serious warning sign. But how do you know when snoring signals a challenging issue? If your child experiences any of the below-mentioned signs you may book an appointment today with Adventis Otolaryngology.

Signs to Look For

  • If they breathe primarily through their mouth.
  • The child snores on an irregular basis during the night or day.
  • Their breathing is frequently interrupted by pauses, snorts, or gasps which is longer than 10 seconds.
  • The child sweats profusely during sleep.
  • When a child experiences a restless night or sleeps in abnormal positions.
  • When a child frequently wets the bed while sleeping.
  • If a child sleeps during the day because they didn’t get enough sleep during night or is hyperactive.
  • If they have learning, social, or behavioural problems.
When to see a doctor?

Talk to our paediatric ENT specialist if you observe these signs of snoring in your children. Note your child’s  daily or nightly habits to report all the concerns to paediatric ENT experts. You may even take a video recording of your child while he/she is asleep. Depending on the condition our child specialist doctor will advise the best treatment. Upon diagnosing the problem in your child, your doctor may recommend the following solution:

  • Treat possible triggers in children like flu, infection etc
  • Prescribe medication for sinus congestion and allergies
  • Suggest elevating the mattress or use of a special pillow at night to relieve congestion.
  • Recommend language, learning, and behavioural therapy for child development.
  • Surgery in case the removal of tonsils and adenoids is indicated.

If you have questions related to child snoring problems, treatment, or sleeping habits, feel free to contact Adventis ENT & Cochlear Implant clinic.

Snoring in children can be a serious warning sign. But how do you know when snoring signals a challenging issue? If your child experiences any of the below-mentioned signs you may book an appointment today with Adventis Otolaryngology.

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