Regular snoring in children may cause concentration problems, hyperactivity, and developmental disorders.
Occasional snoring in children is not uncommon. But the child snores regularly, a doctor should be consulted. More than half of all children between one and four years snore occasionally, but eight percent of them every night.
Consequences of snoring
Children who are in the night unable to recover properly, can not concentrate on the day of the school well. As a result of reduced oxygen supply to the brain can occur behavioral problems and poor grades. American and German studies have shown that snoring children with poor school performance, almost twice as frequently at night regularly as children with good school performance. But conversely, this does not mean that all children who snore, must necessarily be bad in school. And does not every snoring needs to be dealt with strictly. But snoring children are more susceptible to infections and suffer more often from chronic coughs, colds and ear infections.
While adults snore frequently complain of daytime sleepiness, fatigue and poor concentration, lack of sleep, the children often compensate by hyperactivity. Severe sleep disturbances with interruptions in breathing (sleep apnea) can cause similar behavior as in attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If the sleep problems, however, treats, also changes the behavior.
Causes and treatment of childhood snoring
The most common cause of snoring is a blockage of the upper respiratory tract. More specifically, there are often enlarged tonsils (adenoids) and / or enlarged tonsils. Enlarged adenoids in children may be an increased susceptibility to infections with common cold duration, nocturnal snoring disabled by nasal breathing and poor hearing due to water accumulation lead behind the eardrums. Obesity can aggravate these problems. This is already a body mass index (BMI) over 21 is critical. The children’s BMI can be determined here: BMI calculator for children.
The treatment of enlarged adenoids can be done by tonsillectomy. This is a surgical partial removal of the tonsils by laser or radiofrequency needle. These may be ready for use in children under five. It remains a part of the almond tissue preserved. This is important for the immune function against pathogens. A complete tonsillectomy was because of the importance of the immune system not be possible before the sixth year. Other causes of snoring can be a deviated septum or a respiratory allergy. There are also cases in which a too small jaw narrows the upper airways. Also, the underdevelopment of the jaw or weak muscles can contribute to snoring. This helps a visit to the dentist or orthodontist.