Why does my child snore when sleeping?
Should I be concerned?
How can snoring affect my child’s health?
These questions are well documented and researched!!!
Snoring is a condition that may indicate a restricted air flow while sleeping. In more severe cases it may indicate apnea. This is a condition were breathing stops coompletely for many seconds before restarting. Obstructive sleep apnea can be a life threatening condition.
If your child snores, they may have enlarged tonsils and adenoids. They may also have a small mouth cavity. The typical child may exhibit reduced daytime concentration or sleepiness. Many are obese and show failure to thrive. They may also have difficulty performing well in sports and activities.
Parents with children that exhibit these symptoms should have them screened. Treatments include removal of tonsils and adenoids. In other cases expansion of the palate and upper teeth with an oral appliance can help to increase the air space. Snoring is not cute in children I may be an early warning sign of a more serious condition!
Do you have more questions about your child’s snoring? Call us today, 630 369-5225. Dr. Lydia Sosenko, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine with office in Naperville, Illinois, can answer all of your snoring questions.