child snoring at night

Are you hearing soft grunts from your sleeping child and wondering if that’s normal?

It is common to see children snore once in a while. But if snoring starts to get more regular and severe, it might be a cause for concern.

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What is Snoring?

Snoring occurs when air cannot flow freely down your throat. There are various reasons for this. Often, it’s because the muscles in your throat relax, so the airways shrink and airflow is obstructed.

Louder snores mean that there is more obstructive tissue in the throat blocking airflow. Hence, snoring loudly (and persistently) indicates that your child might have an underlying health condition resulting in blocked airways.

Although a stuffy nose or allergy can cause snoring, this should go away in a few days. Below are a few reasons why your little one might have loud and regular snoring.

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Possible reasons

First of all, snoring is not common among healthy kids. When your child starts snoring, it may be a sign of a respiratory infection. Kids with asthma or chronic allergies may have enlarged tonsils (tissue at the back of the throat) and adenoids (tissue at the back of the nose), which causes frequent airway blockages.

Aside from respiratory infections, sleep apnea could also be another culprit. Sleep apnea is the most severe form of sleep disturbance that warrants medical attention.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Common symptoms of this condition include loud snoring and fatigue even after a full night’s sleep.

Children with sleep apnea often have enlarged tonsils, which may block their airways and make breathing harder. As such, airway blockages can cause these kids to wake up from deep sleep and slip into light sleep – or even wake up! Besides undermining sleep quality, this condition can be potentially dangerous. Since your child may not be getting enough oxygen, it might pose health risks for the heart and lungs.

Children with sleep apnea may also experience snorting, choking, or gasping during their sleep. If you suspect your child has symptoms of sleep apnea, visit your doctor and seek medical advice.

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Other reasons

Not all children who snore have sleep apnea.

Children who are overweight, obese, or born prematurely are more likely to snore as well. Certain disorders such as Down syndrome, Craniofacial disorders (birth defects like cleft palate or cleft lip), and sickle cell disease also make snoring more likely.

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What can you do?

If your child is snoring persistently, you should closely monitor him or her. Pay attention to the loudness and frequency of their snoring. Additionally, keep track of their behavior (whether their breath is inconsistent or they gasp while sleeping). Loud and regular snoring may indicate an underlying medical condition.

It is undeniably difficult to keep a close eye on your child all the time, especially at night when you deserve your good night’s rest. Besides, your child’s breathing patterns and heart rate are not signs that you can easily observe or pick up.

With a monitoring device like AireSone Junior, you can track your child’s well-being seamlessly. This wearable device designed for kids is meant to monitor a child’s heart rate and breathing patterns. The readings and data recorded are easily accessible through the AireSone app – you can also receive instant notifications when an abnormality is detected!

Find out more about AireSone Junior here.

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References

Cleveland Clinic. Does Your Child Snore? 5 Signs of Trouble. (2018, January 17).  https://health.clevelandclinic.org/does-your-child-snore-5-signs-of-trouble/

Sleep Apnea. (n.d.). Mayo Clinic. www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631.

Snoring in Children: Causes & Treatments. (2020, June 10). Sleepfoundation.org. www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/snoring-children.

Snoring: When to Be Concerned? (2019, February 7). Nationwide Children’s Hospital. www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2019/02/snoring.