Does Your Child Snore?

There is an important link between quality of sleep and behavioral problems in children and a common indicator of low sleep quality in children is loud snoring.  For many kids, especially three- to six-year-olds, loud snoring is caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids and removing the tissue can improve their ability to breathe at night and thus greatly improves their sleep quality and behavior.

Children who are chronic snorers are considered to be at least 33% at risk of a behavioral disorder one way that snoring affects behavior is that it generally causes poor sleep quality, which could make kids tired and more irritable.

What are tonsils and adenoids?                                                                                                                                           
Tonsils and adenoids are important players in the immune system. They sample bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth or nose, but sometimes they become infected. For some people, infected tonsils and adenoids may become significantly enlarged leading to airway obstruction and/or breathing, swallowing, sleep problems, or repeated bacterial infections.
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Symptoms
Besides difficulty breathing, other signs of adenoid and or tonsil enlargement are:
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose most of the time
  • Nose sounds blocked when the person speaks
  • Chronic runny nose
  • Noisy breathing during the day
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Snoring at night
  • Restlessness during sleep, pauses in breathing for a few seconds at night (may indicate sleep apnea).