Snoring in Children Could Signal Trouble
It may seem cute at first. Such a tiny creature generating that adult-associated sound. But a study led by Gothenburg University in Sweden, and published in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, has found that snoring could be harmful to a child's health and quality of life.
Many children snore occasionally, and for most that’s harmless. However, when snoring becomes persistent -- and particularly if it’s accompanied by sleep apnea - then sleep quality is affected. That can lead to daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, learning difficulties, delayed growth and bed-wetting.
Researchers asked children's parents or caregivers to fill out questionnaires about their child's sleep-disordered breathing over the last month, and whether a health care provider had been contacted about the symptoms.
From 754 responses received, they found around 5% of the children snored persistently several nights a week, but only in about one third of these cases did the parent or caregiver seek medical help for the problem.
Most parents are unaware of the potential health dangers of nighttime breathing problems.
The most common reason for persistent snoring in children is enlarged tonsils or adenoids, which might readily be cured or eased with surgery. In any case, the investigators advise that parents with children who persistently snore should not hesitate to take them to the doctor for a medical evaluation.