Most children will snore from time to time, especially if they are suffering from the common cold or similar symptoms.
Snoring in children becomes a problem when it becomes habitual. In other words, when a child snores at least 3-4 times each week, parents should take notice and seek an ENT specialist for professional guidance. There may be underlying causes that should be addressed as soon as possible.
What causes children to snore?
Snoring causes vary from child to child. The most common reason that children develop habitual snoring is because of enlarged tonsils and adenoids. This is why snoring surgery to remove tonsils and/or adenoids is so common among children.
In the majority of cases, after the tonsils and adenoids are removed, complete resolution of the symptoms is accomplished.
Whether your child requires surgery or other non-surgical treatment, it is important to visit an ear, nose and throat doctor for proper assessment. Diagnostic tests may get to the root of the problem so that you can get your child back on the path to restful sleep.
Consequences from children’s snoring
At first, it may not seem as though snoring is a big problem. However, when it becomes habitual, it may lead to a host of additional problems during your child’s waking hours.
- For instance, many children are mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD when they are actually suffering from poor sleep due to regular snoring.
- Poor sleep can lead to bed-wetting, inability to concentrate and perform in school, irritability, and additional problems that can affect the quality of your child’s life.
Children’s snoring treatment
Fortunately, sleep disordered breathing can be resolved with the proper treatment plan advised by your children’s ENT doctor. There are many effective snoring cures that will be initiated depending on the underlying causes.
If it is found that your child’s tonsils and/or adenoids are enlarged, your doctor will be able to explain the simple surgical procedure that will alleviate the problem.