When we hear babies and children snore, we sometimes think it's cute. Be aware, though, that snoring is no laughing matter. Dr. Sally Victoria King, a pediatrician, tells us why.
What is snoring? Snoring is a condition where breathing is obstructed during sleep and air passing through the back of the mouth is blocked.
Is snoring normal among babies and children? Snoring may be normal if it occurs once in a while. However, according to King, loud and regular nightly snoring shoud be a cause for concern. It is advisable to seek medical advise as snoring can affect the quality of sleep and, more importantly, the delivery of oxygen to the brain and the heart.
What causes a child to snore? A severe respiratory infection such as a cold or tonsilitis may result in snoring. Allergy attacks, such as chronic allergic rhinitis, can make the lining of the nasal passages swollen, thus increasing mucus production which causes snoring. Asthma exacerbations at night could also be a cause. These could be easily corrected with decongestants or antibiotics, avoidance of allergens, antihistamines, etc.