Snoring is common among children between the ages of 1 and 9 years. It is not considered a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of some diseases. Although many snoring children are clinically healthy, there are some who do experience the symptom due to respiratory illness, exposure to certain toxins or sleep apnea syndrome, the most common cause.
Most children suffer from primary, primitive snoring, that is, they are healthy and have no other pathological symptoms. Many of them snore occasionally, at least 3-4 times a week. Secondary snoring is the one associated with sleep or breathing disorders and is pathological.
What are the causes of snoring in children?
This manifestation arises from 3 main causes:
- an anatomical component - small jaw or narrow airways;
- the possibility that the muscles involved in breathing do not function normally during sleep and fail to properly open the airway;
- swelling of the tonsils or nasal polyps - the most common cause.
Other causes or risk factors that can lead to snoring in children are:
- overweight (obesity);
- mouth breathing;
- obstruction of the nasal pathways;
- exposure to toxins (especially passive smoking);
- sleep position etc.
What complications can occur?
If snoring is more than an occasional habit of the baby and pathological symptoms appear, the baby may suffer from certain conditions that may endanger his health. The most common and serious of them is sleep apnea syndrome. If left untreated it can lead to growth, lung or cardiovascular problems. Behavioral problems are a consequence of this symptom. There is even the possibility of death, but this happens in very rare cases.
Due to snoring and complications, children may have poor school performance and learning disabilities.
It has been shown that snoring children suffer 2 times more from chronic cough than those who do not.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of snoring are actually those of sleep apnea or other medical problems associated with snoring. If your baby shows some of these symptoms, it is important to go to the doctor. If it only snores and has no other symptoms it means that it has no pathological cause.
- snoring snore during sleep;
- interruption of breathing in sleep;
- excessive sleepiness during the day;
- difficulties in waking up;
- fatigue or exhaustion during the day;
- behavioral changes;
- irritability and agitation;
- personality changes;
- difficulty concentrating at school.
How is snoring treated?
If the doctor finds a pathological cause of this symptom, he will resort to removing the cause to remove the snoring from the baby's nocturnal behavior. If this is caused by allergies, the baby should be kept away from the allergenic factor, if it is caused by exposure to cigarette smoke it should be eliminated from the child and so on.
If the cause is sleep apnea or enlargement of the tonsils then the doctor may call for surgery. And the removal of polyps helps to treat it.
You can also use other methods to reduce snoring: nasal belts, lying on a higher cushion, weakening, etc. Lifting the head during sleep helps nasal decongestion and clears the airways.
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