Seeing your child snores at night might make you worry. However, it’s better to find out the reason why it happens because it may affect his behavior. Snoring happens when there is a blockage in the breathing airway. And in kids, this condition is linked to several factors. Here are some of them:
Causes of toddler snoring
Enlarged tonsils are one of the most common causes. This condition could result from an infection. When the tonsils are infected, they could grow in size, which leads to trouble taking a breath especially during sleep. The increased pressure of air passing through the tract will trigger the snoring sound. Another possible cause is the flu.
This can either caused a viral or bacterial infection. It not only affects breathing, but can also cause a stuffy nose. Next, you can also inspect if your child has a rather large tongue. This would make it hard for air to pass through the airway. This is how the sound is produced.
When is snoring serious?
It’s not just about the loudness of the sound, but also how he behaves during that particular time. If he sleeps without a problem while making the noise, it’s probably not something to worry about. But if he wakes up multiple times, it could mean something more serious like obstructive sleep apnea. The best way to find out is by watching him sleep.
Constant wake ups shows that his body forces him to be awaken because the abnormal breathing pattern affects supply of oxygen into the body. This condition may lead to behavioral changes, daytime sleepiness, and other issues.
Treatment for snoring
The medical approach highly depends on the cause of the snoring. If your kid’s snore has to do with enlarged tonsils, the doctor may recommend removing them. If it has to do with him being overweight, then the best treatment is to help him lose weight. It could be hard to encourage a child to exercise, but it should be done before things get worse.
Obesity in children isn’t unheard of. Although children tend to move a lot, some also love eating, so a weight gain could still happen. Give him a balanced diet and restrict unnecessary calorie intake like cakes and snacks. If your child has sleep apnea, then the doctor would probably suggest the use of CPAP.
This treatment involves a machine connected to a mask using a hose. The machine aims to provide continuous air flow to keep his airway open. The mask needs to be wrapped around his face covering the nose. There are different types of masks. Some cover only the nose, while others cover the nose down to the mouth. Pick the right one for your kid.