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An Overview of the Best Anti Snoring Devices

Children snoring can be quite a nuisance, but it is a fairly common problem and is thought to affect at least one out of every ten children. In the past, doctors were not sure that there were any negative effects on snoring infants or children. However, recent studies have begun to show that snoring children are at a much greater risk of developing hyper-activity, ADHD, or other behavioral issues. This is why it is so important to understand the reasons for snoring infants and children, and what you can do to help prevent them from snoring.



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 in the 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. 

Another common reason for snoring in children and infants are nasal polyps, which are small groups of tissue in the nostrils that resemble a cluster of grapes. Furthermore, recent research has also shown that between two 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 an apnea monitor.

What Can You Do With a Child Who Snores Frequently?

While 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 much simpler and less invasive than those required to treat the causes of snoring in adults.

If 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. 

children snoringIf 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 are quite common and straightforward, but will probably require that your child or infant possibly spends one night in the hospital. 

While 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.

Problems 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 and aggressive. Sleep is incredibly important to all of us, but none more so than children. 

 

When 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. 

There is also 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 and prescribed medications such as Ritalin or Adderall, when in actuality their behavioral problems are simply related to a lack of quality sleep.

Other Causes of Poor Quality Sleep in Children

children snoringSleep is so incredibly important for developing children and having a snoring infant or child is not the only cause of a lowered quality of sleep. 

As 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.

When 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. 

This 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

This 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 associate the bed with sleeping, and therefore should not be allowed to eat, play, or do any activity except sleep in their bed.

Having 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 insomnia. children snoring

This 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.

On top of all of this, the bedroom should never be used as a place to 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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