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Snoring in Children

Feb 13, 2008 - 0 comments

Children Snoring


Sleep Apnea








allergic rhinitis






Sleep disorders

Everybody  Snore occasionally even a baby may snore.  Studies show that about 10% or more children  Snore during their sleep.  Children who are three years or older more likely to  Snore during their Deep Stage of Sleep (that is when they are in deepest sleep and is very difficult to wake up at this stage, if being awaken at the Deep Stage of Sleep, they can be confused and disoriented for a few minutes).

Types of  Snoring
→ Primary Snoring (also known as Simple Snoring)
→ Snoring Indicative of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Children with Primary  Snoring is generally harmless. It is caused by some blockage in the nasal passage for the noisy breathing sound during your sleep.  The snoring is continuous and usually rhythmic.  Luckily, children will not loss of sleep having a Primary Snoring.

However it will be more seriously if children have Snoring Indicative of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS).  It is a sleep disorder that is potentially life-threatening due to a lack of air.  People with  Sleep Apnea  are often diagnosed with depression when they are exhausted and cannot function properly.  They will often feel sleepy during the day and gasp for breath while sleeping as the air supply gets momentarily cut off.

Symptoms of  Sleep Apnea  in Children
→ Snore loudly during sleep
→ Gasps and stop breathing during sleep.  Being awaken in order to breath again.
→ Excessive daytime sleepiness
→ Fall asleep in school time or watching TV
→ Regularly cessation of breathing during sleep time
→ Non restorative sleep
→ Difficult to wake up.  Feel tired and exhausted in morning.
→ Behavior changes and very irritable and agitated.
→ Personality changes
→ Hard to concentrate in school.

What Causes Children  Snoring?
Snore occurs when there is some blockage in the air passage when children asleep.  It is the narrowing of our airway from a poor sleep posture or from an abnormality of our throat soft tissues.  A narrow airway will hinder the children to have normal smooth breathing and creates the "snore sound”. In most usual case, the “snore sound” was produced when we inhale air during our sleep.  While in some case, “snore sound” can be produced when we are exhaling the air.  As a result, there will be a two different frequency of snore sound we hear, one through inhaling air and the other though exhaling air.

The soft tissue in our upper palate or throat starts vibrating during out sleep, these vibrating will happen even if we are breathing through our nose within any blockage.  For instant, when children sleep on their back, their tongue will slip back into the throat and cause the blockage of airway.  In some case, the blockage can be also due to an allergic reaction or a wrong alignment of the jaws.  

If a loud and regular  Snoring is found in your healthy kid during sleep, it is quite abnormal.  It might be a sign of respiratory infection as both the  Allergic Rhinitis  and  Sinus  symptoms are being magnified when lay down to sleep result in more serious postnasal drip, nasal congestion and running nose.  It is widely believed that  Allergic Rhinitis  and  Sinusitis  cause the number of  Sleep Apnea .

If you find your kid with above symptoms of  Sleep Apnea , it is recommend to perform a Sleep Study on him. It will help to record down your kid sleep habit, snore noise, body movement, heartbeat,… it can give doctor a more better understand of his state of situation and offer the most appropriate treatment on him.

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