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Snoring Cure-Snoring in Children

When speaking about snoring solutions we normally picture the victims of this affliction as being older, frequently male and often overweight. But what do you do when the member of your family that suffers from snoring is a toddler or small child?

First off, while a child’s snore might be faintly comical it should not be laughed off if the behavior persists over a long period of time. Snoring in children has, in fact, been linked to poor academic performance as well as bed wetting, and should be seen as a serious affliction. Interrupted sleep in snoring youngsters has also been known to lead to erroneous ADHD diagnoses, when all the child really needed was a proper night’s rest.

The main causes of snoring in children can be summed up as follows:

- Anatomical: A small jaw or narrow airway.
- Muscular: The muscles and nerves controlling the airway muscles are not properly integrated during sleep and therefore do not open the airway sufficiently.
- Glandular: Enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids.

Although snoring is essentially merely a sound, the underlying cause thereof is the main concern. The noise of breath going through the upper airway indicates that there is increased upper airway resistance. This in itself is normal - when we go to sleep the muscles in our throats relax a little bit, which means the airway is smaller although the same amount of air has to go through. It is when this gives way to sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome that we should become concerned and explore snoring solutions.

Sleep apnea can adversely affect a child’s development in the following ways:

- They have a hard time concentrating. As such they are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD or hyperactivity disorders due to their erratic, sleep-deprived behaviour.
- They battle to learn and retain new information. Inadequate sleep goes hand in hand with oxygen deprivation, which can lead to the loss of brain cells. As children are experiencing a period of very important brain development, sleep apnea can lead to impaired cognitive abilities.

Snoring, however, is not life threatening and should not be treated as such. As soon as you identify habitual snoring in your child, simply consult your physician and determine whether or not they suffer from sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome. There are many snoring solutions available and you are sure to find a snoring cure that suits both you and your child.

Mercia - 15 Apr 2010