Kids’ Snoring Linked to Health Issues Later In Life
Recent studies have suggested that snoring has a direct link to diminished school performance, developmental delay, enuresis (day or night wetting) and sluggish growth in children. Snoring is a noise that occurs during sleep when the child is breathing in and there is some blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth.
Where does snoring come from?
The opening and closing of air passages causes a vibration of the soft tissues in the mouth, back of the throat and in the nose. The loudness is affected by how much air is passing through and how fast the soft tissue is vibrating. Children who are three years or older tend to snore during the deeper stages of sleep.
Should I be concerned?
It has been noticed that early snoring in kids brings on a variety of health related problems in later years. Cardiac issues, hypertension and diabetes that can have long-term implications are known to affect children early in life. Not only does snoring bring on health issues, the sleep deprivation that sets in is often misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome.
It is a serious issue with kids to be diagnosed with ADHD as it results in low concentration, behavioral problems and attention deficiency that starts to mar their schooling and other life learning processes. In genuine cases when a child is deemed ADHD, it may be necessary to start medication but in some cases, snoring after effects lead to symptoms that mimic ADHD symptoms such as low concentration, lethargy, poor alertness, hyperactivity and behavioral problems.
If your kid snores and has been diagnosed with ADHD it might be a sensible idea to monitor his or her sleep patterns for while to see if the diagnosis is on track or if you need a second opinion.
Sometimes, if the snoring is heavy, the child needs to be shown to a sleep disorder specialist to eliminate the chances of sleep apnea. Yes, just like adults, kids are equally prone to sleep apnea and that should be looked into as a precaution if kids snore.
About 2 percent of children snore because they suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping.
The more experts learn about sleep apnea in children, the more concerned they become. If left untreated, sleep apnea may affect parts of the brain involved in learning, taking a toll on cognitive function and academic performance, and shaving points off a child’s IQ.
Consult a physician if your child’s snoring is accompanied by:
- Disrupted sleep/ sleep restlessness
- Paused breathing followed by snorting or gasping for air
- Sweating heavily during sleep
- Poor weight gain or overweight
- Difficulty waking up
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness, irritability, aggressiveness or hyperactivity
- Bed wetting that is not outgrown at a typical age
In most cases, when a child produces snoring at mild levels, it is likely to be the effect of inflammation due to some sort of allergy or common cold symptom which can be treated with a natural remedy.