Dr. Sayed Mujahid Husain, Pediatrician with Apollo Medical Center, Bangalore, India, explains why snoring in children is a matter of concern.
Snoring could be a sign of a disrupted air passage, which leads to sleep disorder or breathing problem. In around 2% of the children, severe cases of snoring are a warning sign of a health issue.
Some of the factors that may lead to snoring are enlarged tonsils and adenoids, narrow air passage or excessive relaxed throat muscles that hinders the breathing process. This may result in a sleep disorder called as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).
The common signs of sleep disorder apart from snoring can be:
- A child may stop breathing for some time at night
- Sweating heavily while sleeping
- Sleeps restlessly
- Sleeps with his or her head positioned awkwardly
- Wakes up startled or with a gasp after a break in the breathing
- Is cranky or drowsy during the day
“ Severe cases of snoring could affect a child’s development, change his or her facial anatomy and lead to low school performance. A timely diagnosis and early treatment helps in arresting the problem in progressing further,” warns Dr. Sayed.
Children who are overweight are at an increased risk of suffering from sleep apnea.
A consultation with an experienced doctor is the first and foremost thing to do in case your child has been snoring. Proper treatment for OSA will help your child to sleep and develop well.