Snoring in children is very common between the ages of 1 to 9. Sometimes parents find it very cute but it should not be taken lightly as snoring could be a symptom of other serious problems.
Snoring can be due to three reasons. First, if the child is born with a small air way. Second, coordination between the muscles and nerves is lacking and thirdly, enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Snoring always does not need to be treated but if the child is not able to sleep or wakes up many times to get his breath then it requires attention. This disturbance in sleep can cause sleep apnea or upper air way resistance syndrome.
Sleep apnea causes lack of concentration in the child and they behave as if they have attention deficit, and hyperactivity disorder. The brain cells also start getting damaged due to lack of oxygen and if not treated in time can cause un-repairable damage. The child may feel tired all the time, bed wetting also increases, disturbed sleep can also cause nightmares and night terrors.
Other reasons for snoring can be obesity, asthma, and allergy. Try to elevate head of the bed or make the child sleep on his side. Before going to sleep the child must clear nasal passage by blowing the nose. Encouraging kids to loose weight also helps a lot. But if the snoring still continues, take a professional help. You can also see an ear, nose and throat specialist. An adeno-tonsillectomy cures sleep apnea in many cases. It is a surgery in which tonsils and adenoids are removed. It seems to be an effective way in stopping snoring.
Snoring time to time is not thought as a problem. But if you see the child is tired all the time, or is performing badly in school, is having lot of behavioral issues or is restless in his sleep then you need to take him to the pediatrician.