Snoring in Children Can Be as Harmful as Snoring in Adults
Snoring in children is a common condition. Approximately 10% or more of children between the are habitual snorers or snore at least three to four times a week. A child snoring may sound cute and even funny, but children who snore habitually may experience problems with poor school performance and bedwetting. Some children who are suffering from snoring caused by sleep disorders are often misdiagnosed with ADHD or other conditions with symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Snoring in children may be the result of another underlying disease.
Causes of Snoring in Children
If your child is snoring, it might be caused by:
- Naturally large tonsils and adenoids.
- Small jaw or small airway.
- Partial airway blockage
Although light snoring may not disrupt your child’s overall sleep quality, heavy snoring is associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder causing frequent pauses in breathing. Sleep apnea in children is a risk factor for chronic diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
As a parent, you should be aware of your children’s snoring. Snoring in children does not only cause significant disruption of their sleep but can also lead to health conditions that can affect their brains and hearts.
Read the articles here to learn more about snoring and how to stop a child from snoring.