Home



My Child Is Snoring-- Causes and Top 10 Natural
Remedies
Related Links:
Snoring Puts Children at Higher Risk for Hyperactivity

My Child Has Blue Lips - Causes and Top 7 Natural Remedies

Cat Snoring-Causes and Remedies

Links Page-Snoring Directories,Treatment Resources,Tutorial Videos
Dogs with Diabetes-What They Should Eat
Snoring Poses a Danger to Your Overall Health
Snoring Linked to Stroke
"My Husband Died of A Stroke"--a personal story
Poor Sleep Makes You Gain Weight
Do Humidifiers Help You Sleep?-The Debate Rages On
Last updated June 16, 2017, originally published October
24, 2011

By Louise Carr,  Associate Editor and Featured Columnist






Your child’s little bedtime noises may sound cute or funny
but there is a serious side to kiddy snoring. The majority
of children who snore – and according to research from
the University of Louisville and Pediatric Sleep Center at
Kosair Children's Hospital habitual snoring affects
around 11-12 percent of all children between the ages of
1 through 9 – are healthy with no medical problem more
serious than the common cold. But in other children,
snoring can be associated with significant sleep
disruption, behavioral issues and daytime sleepiness.

Snoring can be a minor issue or a long-term cause for
concern. Sometimes the snoring passes from cute to
crazy-making when it happens every night and it’s so
loud you can hear it through the bedroom door. Should
you worry when your child snores? What are the causes
of a child snoring? What can you do to stop your child
snoring?

What Causes Snoring in Children?

Snoring is a sound that indicates resistance in the upper
airway. When we sleep the airway collapses a little and
air forced through a narrower space vibrates and makes
a noise. When children snore it can be the result of a few
things. Your child may be born with a small jaw or narrow
airway that makes their breathing noisy. Your child’s
tonsils or adenoids may be enlarged, causing airway
resistance and snoring. Or your child may suffer from a
medical condition like sleep disordered breathing or sleep
apnea.

Snoring May be a Sign of Sleep Disordered Breathing or
Sleep Apnea























Sleep disordered breathing is a set of sleep disorders
characterized by abnormal breathing or poor quality
breathing during sleep. Snoring is one sign of sleep
disordered breathing. Sleep disordered breathing can
cause many problems for children, from daytime
sleepiness to nightmares to problem behavior.

A 2003 study from Boston University School of Medicine
reported that sleep disordered breathing is common in
five-year-old children and is associated with an increased
risk of daytime sleepiness and problem behavior such as
hyperactivity, inattention, and aggressiveness.  

In fact, even younger children may be at risk. A 2012
study lead by Dr. Dean Beebe of the Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center discovered that
snoring in children as young as 2 or 3 years old puts them
a greater risk for hyperactivty and depression. (
Read
more.)


A 1998 study from the Tulane University Comprehensive
Sleep Disorders Center, Tulane University School of
Medicine, New Orleans showed that sleep disordered
breathing can adversely affect learning performance.

Sleep apnea is a form of sleep disordered breathing
affecting both children and adults and it can cause
snoring. According to the American Academy of Sleep
Medicine, obstructive sleep apnea affects around two
percent of otherwise healthy children. Sleep apnea occurs
when the back of the throat collapses during sleep and
blocks the airway. Sleepers stop breathing momentarily
and wake up briefly, many times during the night. Your
child usually won’t notice the periods of waking as they
are so short, but they severely affect quality of sleep.
According to a 2002 report from the American Academy
of Pediatrics, parents should pay close attention to
children who snore loudly as obstructive sleep apnea can
lead to growth, heart and pulmonary problems if left
untreated.

How Can You Tell If Your Child Snores Because of Sleep
Apnea?

Your child may be a normal snorer with no associated
sleep problems. In this case, they should be healthy and
well, with no signs of excessive daytime sleepiness and
normal sleeping patterns. Snoring as a result of sleep
apnea can be very loud and you may notice your child
gasping for breath in her sleep, or pausing in her
breathing. In addition, your child may have behavioral
problems, they may be overweight or underweight, and
they may have high blood pressure. You may need to go
to a specialist sleep center if you suspect your child has
sleep apnea.

Which Children Snore More?

Any child can suffer from snoring. Sleep disordered
breathing and sleep apnea can affect children of all races
and ages, at all times of the year. But some experts have
identified certain groups of children who are more likely
to snore. According to 2011 research from State
University of New York Downstate Medical Center,
snoring is more commonly associated with children of
black race and children who were born prematurely.
Snoring can also affect adolescents – a 2006 study from
Research Triangle Institute International in Research
Triangle Park, North Carolina, found more than 20
percent of adolescents snored at least a few nights every
month and six percent of teenagers snored every night.
Snoring was discovered to be twice as likely in African
American teenagers as Caucasian teenagers.

Many different factors can cause your child to snore.
Some are related to sleep disorders and some to other
issues. We looked through the available medical evidence
to give you the causes of, and remedies for, kiddy snoring.

1. Allergies May Be To Blame for Child Snoring

Research from Penn State University in 2010 suggests
snoring may fluctuate according to the season. In summer
and fall the prevalence of snoring in elementary-school
children increases by up to 37.2 percent to peak in
September, then decreases. Experts suggest that
seasonal allergies leading to nasal problems like chronic
sinusitis and rhinitis may be partly to blame for this
seasonal snoring. If your child suffers from allergies the
lining of their nose will swell, leading to difficulties
breathing both during the day and at night, when the
difficulties translate into snoring.


Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine, scientists have
found.  


2. Wearing an Oral Appliance Helps Improve Child
Snoring

According to 2012 research from the University of São
Paulo Medical School, Brazil kids who snore because of
enlarged tonsils or adenoids benefit from wearing an oral
appliance for six months. The oral appliance helps
improve breathing and stop snoring. The study looked at
40 children who were on the waiting list for tonsil surgery
and were aged between 6 and 9 years.

3. Removal of Tonsils and Adenoids Appears to Improve
Snoring

If the addition of an oral appliance to your child’s
nighttime routine doesn’t stop the snoring due to large
tonsils, they may benefit from tonsil surgery. A 2007
study from the University of Kansas School of Medicine,
Kansas City reports that children who suffer from sleep
disordered breathing experience better sleep, less snoring
and improved behavior following surgery to remove their
tonsils and adenoids (adenotonsillectomy).  The 71
children in the Kansas study demonstrated fewer sleep
problems and behavioral difficulties six months after
surgery than before. A 2009 article published in the
journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery also
reported children and toddlers suffered fewer symptoms
of sleep disordered breathing, including snoring, after the
surgical removal of their tonsils and adenoids. And a 2002
study from State University of New York Downstate
Medical Center, Brooklyn also backs up the evidence
that children with sleep disordered breathing suffer
behavioral and emotional difficulties that improve after
surgery.

4. Waist Size and Obesity Linked to Snoring in Children

However, it appears that having large tonsils and
adenoids is not the only cause of sleep disordered
breathing in children. It seems that when it comes to
snoring, obesity is a strong risk factor. With the
increasing number of children who are overweight or
obese in the United States, the prevalence of snoring is
also increasing. If your child is overweight, the fat in their
neck puts even more pressure on the tissues in the throat,
which contract and cause snoring. A 2009 study by Penn
State University College of Medicine, Hershey found
waist circumference and body mass index are consistent,
independent risk factors for sleep disordered breathing,
and snoring, in children and that removing the tonsils may
not be the most effective remedy. A 2007 research
project from the Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical Center, Richmond also revealed that obesity
causes yet more health problems for kids – obesity causes
snoring as a result of sleep disordered breathing. Forty-
six percent of the children scheduled for sleep disordered
breathing surgery were overweight, compared with 33
percent of the control group.

5. Can I Use Aromatherapy to Stop My Child Snoring?

Continue reading  page 1  
page 2

Related Links

Snoring Increases Stroke Risk by 67%
"My Husband Died of Stroke--a personal story"
The Problem of Shallow Sleep
Can't Sleep-Here's Help

Stroke News

Lose 10lbs -A Simple Plan for The Rest of Us

My Heart Attack

Other Links and Resources:
Links Page -Directories, Treatment Resources and Online VideoTutorials
Snoring Treatment Information

  copyright all rights reserved 2007-2014
Subscribe in a reader
This file is not intended to be viewed directly using a web browser. To create a viewable file, use the Preview in Browser or Publish to Aabaco Web Hosting commands from within SiteBuilder.