The reasons for children snoring are actually different than
the reasons why adults snore. Most adults snore because of a blockage
of the airway in the throat due to a relaxation of the muscles
mouth and throat. However, children snore normally due to their airway
being blocked by their tonsils
or adenoids, which are comparatively
much larger than in adults.
common reason for snoring in children and infants are nasal
polyps, which are small groups of tissue in the nostrils
a cluster of grapes. Furthermore, recent research has also shown that
and five percent of children actually suffer from sleep
apnea, where they completely stop breathing for short periods during
the night. Newly born infants who snore are usually followed up on with
Can You Do With a Child Who Snores Frequently?
surgery is not the recommended option for most adults with
snoring problems, it is actually one
of the preferred methods for
treating children who snore more than two nights per week. This is
because the procedures to correct the causes of snoring children are
and less invasive than those required to treat the causes
of snoring in adults.
you have a child who snores frequently, it is recommended that you
take them to
a pediatrician who can examine both their throat and nasal
passages to determine if the snoring is being caused by enlarged
tonsils or adenoids, or by nasal polyps.
the doctor determines that
the cause of snoring is enlarged tonsils or adenoids, then there is a
fairly simple and common
laser surgery which either shrinks or
completely removes the offending glands. Similarly, if
nasal polyps are
the cause, then there is another simple procedure which simply scrapes
out the polyps from the nasal passages. Both procedures
straightforward, but will probably require that your child
or infant possibly spends one night in the hospital.
many people are incredibly scared of the prospect of their child
undergoing a surgical procedure, it is still preferable to risking the
child developing behavioral problems such as ADHD.
Associated with Snoring Infants and Children
Snoring problems are
often associated with a severely degraded quality of sleep and extreme
tiredness. In adults, a lack of sleep manifests itself in being
lethargic and fatigued. However, extreme tiredness has the opposite effect on children
and causes them to be hyperactive
Sleep is incredibly important to all of us, but none more so than
we snore, the amount of
oxygen being delivered to the brain is
reduced, which can cause serious behavioral and developmental problems
in children if left unchecked. This is why most pediatricians will
recommend the simple surgical procedures mentioned above as they can
quickly cure the problem of snoring infants or children.
evidence that many children who are diagnosed as having ADHD or other
behavioral problems are actually also
suffering from another condition. Snoring, or even sleep
apnea in children are not that uncommon. This means that they
are probably being misdiagnosed
prescribed medications such as Ritalin or Adderall, when in actuality
their behavioral problems are simply related to a lack of quality sleep.
Causes of Poor Quality Sleep in Children
is so incredibly important for developing children and having a
snoring infant or child is not the only cause of a lowered quality of
you have seen, a child who suffers from a lack of sleep can
experience many behavioral
issues, which is why it is so important to
ensure that your child sleeps as well as possible.
looking at sleep quality, whether for adults or children, one of
the most important aspects is the association between the bed and
bedroom and sleeping.
is why most sleep specialists recommend that
people keep their bedroom free
of distractions such as a television,
and instead keeps their bedroom reserved specifically for sleeping. In
fact, one of the main types of cognitive behavioral therapy used for
individuals with sleeping problems is to try and reinforce the link
between the bed and sleep.
advice is just as useful for children as it is for adults, and
most sleep specialists recommend that you keep your child’s room free
of all distractions, such as televisions, computers, and video games.
In fact, they go as far as to recommend that your child not be allowed
to play in their bedroom, as this disturbs the important mental
connection between the bedroom and sleep. Children should only
bed with sleeping, and therefore should not be allowed to
eat, play, or do any activity except sleep in their bed.
electronics in the bedroom not only disturbs this mental link,
but the light which they give off can also disturb the circadian rhythm
which tells us when it is time to go to sleep. The artificial light can
actually stimulate the brain into thinking it is not tired, which makes
it much harder to fall asleep and if you're not careful, your kid might
even develop childhood
is why children (and adults) should
abstain from looking at television or computer screens or other
electronics for at least an hour or two before going to bed.
top of all of this, the bedroom should never be used as a
send children when they are being punished. When you send your child to
their room as a punishment, this causes them to develop a link between
the bedroom and punishment, which can make it harder for
them to fall
asleep as well.
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