Few of us think of children when we think of snoring. Snoring is something that our father did, our husband does…or we do.
But children? They don’t snore – do they?
Actually, a Swedish study says parents may actually be missing cues as to children, sleep, snoring and overall health. According to Healthcare provider contact for children with symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing: a population survey, published in the Journal of Laryngology and Otology in December 2015, about 5% of children surveyed snored regularly – yet only one in three of these were seen by physicians to assess the issue.
The survey involved 1300 children up to age 11.
Untreated Snoring Could Mean Delayed Growth, Learning Disabilities
“Children with persistent snoring often have a reduced quality of life,” pointed out Gunnhildur Gudnadottir, researcher for the study, adding that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children can be particularly concerning.
Snoring and sleep disturbances have been linked to delayed physical growth, depression, bedwetting, daytime fatigue and may even contribute to learning issues.
Getting Help for the Snoring Child
But it’s never too late to seek help and turn things around – for both children and adults.
Ruling out physical issues such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, as well as an assessment for more serious forms of snoring such as OSA, are paramount.
The bottom line? Parents need to be more informed regarding snoring and its potential impact on children.
“…we must consider how parents are given information about the condition and where they can seek help,” Ms. Gudnadottir said.
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