Occasional snoring might be normal to children. Recent research shows that 3 to 12 percent of children between the age of 1 and 9 snore. But frequency doesn't mean normality. Habitual snoring can be a contributing factor of a more serious medical problem called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) or simply, sleep apnea.
Sleep-apnea is a condition seen as a loud snoring with periods of breathing interruptions. Interruptions may be short or extended, usually between 5 to 30 seconds. During this period, the child's could not get straight sleep. He rouses and moves to another sleeping position, then resumes sleep. After a spell he will all over again begin snoring. This activity often happens several times during the night, each night. Although this condition seldom appears on children, it is extremely important that parents should look out for signs that come along with it.
Manifestations of sleep-apnea incorporate
Poor spoken communication characteristics – talking that appears as if words over a mouthful of hot potato.
Low growth rate. Children suffering from sleep apnea use more energy in breathing when asleep. During meals, they are inclined to eat slowly since it is hard for them to breathe and chew simultaneously. The result is, they have insufficient nutrients to support their growth.
Hyperactivity. Lack of sleep can lead to drowsiness on children throughout the day. To stay awake, children act frantically.
Poor operation in school. Since children don't get the correct sleep during the night, they tend to appear tired and lack the concentration to focus at high school, thus, having a poor operation.
When these signs are visible, it is imperative for moms and dads to bring their child to a pediatrician and have him examined. A kid can be happy and smiling when he is brought to the doctor and as a consequence, it is challenging to diagnose if he really has sleep apnea. Moms and dads are advised to record their child's snoring so that the doctor can analyze the position in actually.
Meanwhile, sleep-apnea is not the sole reason why children snore. Other reasons comprise allergy attack, excessive weight, asthma, and enlargement of adenoids and/or tonsils as a consequence of cold or tonsillitis.
Some allergy attacks can result in swelling on the linings of the nose that can direct to the enlargement of adenoids. This keeps the youngster from breathing normally. This causes the youngster to snore. After the allergy attack, the snoring blocks.
Excessive weight can also lead to snoring. As a matter of fact, 20% and 40% of the obese children snore. The reason for this is fats can build around the throat that can cause constriction and makes the limited airways. Also, fats in the stomach can cause the diaphragm to function irregularly.
Asthma is said to be another cause why children snore. A study disclosed that 40% of the children told they have asthma snore.
Enlargement of adenoids and/or tonsils the result of cold or tonsillitis also results to snoring. While cold or tonsillitis can be cured by decongestant and antibiotics, adenoid enlargement is treated by surgical operation to remove adenoids and tonsils.
Underdevelopment of the jaw within the womb can lead to snoring as well. There is also the possibility that the nerves and the muscles cannot control the airway properly and cause that child to snore.
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