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This is Exactly What Causes Snoring in Children

What Causes Snoring in Children
Snoring can affect people of all age groups. Children too can suffer from snoring. It is often perceived that snoring is an indication of deep sleep. However, if it worsens, snoring could be an indication of sleep apnea.
Rajib Singha
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
Many a time, a person sleeping next to a habitual snorer ends up being sleep deprived. Loud snoring could turn out to be no less than a punishment for the person sleeping next to the snorer. Though snoring is common in adults, don't be surprised if you come across children who snore.
If a child snores occasionally, it is not really a cause of concern. However, medical assistance must be sought if it is accompanied by obstructive sleep apnea. Moreover, parents should ensure that the child doesn't lie on his/her back. Encourage the child to sleep on the side. In some cases, the use of snoring aids (nasal/dental device) or CPAP mask might prove beneficial. Anatomical issues can be addressed through surgery, if needed.
Causes
During deep sleep, the muscles of the soft palate, tongue, and throat become relaxed. As a result, the airways could become partially blocked. Blocked airways cause the airflow to become irregular and forceful. When air passes through, it causes the tissues in the mouth to vibrate. This causes snoring. Whatever be the cause of constricted airways, the tissues vibrate with a greater force due to turbulent airflow, thereby causing loud sounds.
Anatomical Issues
snoring in children caused by anatomical issues
Noisy breathing could be associated with the anatomy of the mouth. If the soft palate is low, and thick, or the child is affected by enlarged tonsils, then chances are that the airflow would be disrupted. Other contributing factors include an elongated uvula or development of tissues in the back of the throat.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
snoring in children caused by obstructive sleep apnea
Noisy breathing could be associated with the anatomy of the mouth. If the soft palate is low, and thick, or the child is affected by enlarged tonsils, then chances are that the airflow would be disrupted. Other contributing factors include an elongated uvula or development of tissues in the back of the throat.
Obesity
snoring in children caused by obesity
Obesity is also considered to be one of the main contributing factors. Excess weight or fat in the throat region can also cause the airways to become narrower.
Other Causes
Chronic nasal congestion, nasal polyps, or deviated septum could also be contributing factors.
Symptoms which may accompany snoring
symptoms which may accompany snoring in children
  • Restless sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Choking episodes at night
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Sore throat
  • Intense sleepiness during the day.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.