June, 2016

Is Your Child's Snoring a Sign of a Pediatric Sleep Disorder?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Kids are our most valuable resource, and their health and well-being are top priorities for any parent. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that questions regarding a child’s sleep habits and snoring are quite common.

Is snoring in children normal? Could it be a sign of a pediatric sleep disorder?

At Sinus and Snoring Centers of Texas, we are asked these questions often, so we’ve put together this guide to help you understand when snoring is normal in children – and when it’s not.

Common Causes of Snoring in Children

Snoring occurs as the result of vibrations in the upper airways during sleep. In many instances, mild snoring is not a major cause for concern, but there are instances in which snoring is a sign of a larger problem. Some of the most common causes of snoring include:

  • Respiratory infection
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Deviated septum
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA

How to Tell if Snoring is a Sign of a Pediatric Sleep Disorder like Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you are concerned that your child’s snoring is a sign of something more serious, like obstructive sleep apnea, there are several signs to watch out for.

Signs to Watch for at NightPediatric Sleep Disorders

  • Snoring on a regular basis (three or more nights per week)
  • Your child stops breathing or their breathing is interrupted by gasps or snorts
  • Pauses in breathing that cause your child to wake up
  • Profuse sweating during sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Frequent bedwetting

Signs to Watch for During the Day

There are also several signs of OSA that are present during the day, including:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty waking your child in the morning
  • Frequent daydreaming or falling asleep during the day
  • Social, learning or behavioral problems
  • Aggression or crankiness

What to Do if your Child Snores

If your child snores, it’s important to observe their daily and nightly habits and reporting any and all concerns to their pediatrician or a sinus and snoring specialist.

If your child snores and you are concerned that it could be a sign of a serious problem, please call Sinus and Snoring Centers of Texas today at 956-504-5360.