Snoring is so common that it is considered funny or cute. When we sing nursery rhymes about sleeping we imitate snoring sounds. In reality, snoring is choking and a potentially serious medical condition. Snoring is a big problem at any age but we are particularly concerned about children that snore. The primary function of breathing is to deliver oxygen to our growing children's bodies and brains and to remove carbon dioxide which is a waste product. Snoring is a sign that something is impeding proper air flow in and out.
Children who snore are more likely to mouth breathe and have issues with the development of their jaws and faces and lead to serious orthodontic problems.
Children who snore are also more likely to have behavioural problems such as ADHD, poor performance at schol, hyperactivity, tiredness and bed wetting.
Snoring children may be a sign of other medical conditions such as OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea), GERD (reflux), allergies and food intolerances.
Children who snore can also suffer from parasomnias including sleep walking, sleep talking, nightmares, night terrors, restless legs, restless sleep, frequent night waking, wanting to cosleep in the middle of the night, sweaty sleep and bruxism (teeth grinding).
If your child displays any of these symptoms, please have their sleep and airway assessed by an ENT specialist, sleep physician or a dentist practicing functional orthodontics.