Snoring Prevention in Children

 By: John Smi
For a mother, nothing can be sweeter than to hear her child's mumbling gentle sounds in his/her sleep, but if the sound is the minor version of the adults' snores, it might mean something else.

Take note of this, for infants and children, snoring will always be a strange and deadly predicament. Usually, the typical causes of this are sinusitis or adenoid enlargement. Sinusitis can be cured by simple decongestants and antibiotics. Adenoid enlargement meanwhile will require surgery, wherein the tonsils and adenoids will be removed.

Snoring for children on the other hand, can possibly be an indication of obstructive sleep apnea, where breathing stops for 60 seconds at most, and usually followed with a snort or gasp. And the truth is that sleep apnea is more delicate for children than for adults, parents should really pay attention to the possible sleeping disorder of their kids.

The common effect of snoring for young children is that they could possibly suffer from nighttime and cough asthma. So if adults are recommended not to disregard their snoring, then how much more for children.

There are also findings which claims that when a child in middle school shows lower academic performance, they are more likely snoring during this period.

All of these presented facts are enough to convince the parents to take the necessary actions the moment their children show such symptoms.

However, do not panic when such a situation happens. You can consult a physician first to ensure if the child has caught an illness related to snoring already. Meanwhile, if your child produces mild snoring, which is affected by certain allergy or illness, experts states that it can possibly be treated at home. More likely, the way you treat your cold.

The following are suggested methods:

- Saltwater, this is good to eradicate the blockage problems caused by the mucus. Though saltwater nasal drops are available in drugstores, however, one can do a formula at home. Just melt 1/4 teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water. Sterilize the water by boiling it. You can place it in a nose dropper as soon as it cools down.

- You can also try to take oral decongestant intended for children. According to some doctors, decongestants doesn't actually cure an allergy or cold, but it relieves the symptoms. It may reduce the snoring since it helps the children enhance their breathing. When using this medication, be sure to have the right dosage for the child's age.

- Avoid products that include antihistamines, this can trigger snoring since this is identified to be a sedating medicine. Sedating medicines cut down the muscle tone of the throat's tissues since it tends to relax muscles and nerves, when the muscle tone falls down, the tendency is that it will trigger snoring.

- Observe your child as he sleeps, then seek for the best position where he can keep his airway open, through this he will be able to breathe comfortably. M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Lucinda Halstead, said that there are some children who are comfortable in lying on their sides while their heads support a little on the headrest.

Keeping your children safe is one of your priorities as a parent. Taking the time out to observe them now would greatly diminish the chances of having bigger problems in the future.
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