Have you noticed your child snoring at night? Are you worried about whether this is normal and wondering if you should be doing something about it? You've probably heard just how vital quality sleep is to the healthy development of children, so it makes sense that you're worried.
According to Sleepforkids.org, an estimated 3 percent of children don't just snore at night, but also suffer from breathing issues during slumber. Here are some common causes and how Dr. Buck and Balance Epigenetics Orthodontics can help.
Common Causes of Snoring in Children
The leading cause of snoring in children is enlarged tonsils or adenoids, which is one reason the tonsil-removal procedure is so common among kids. When these glands swell, they can block the airway and make sleeping comfortably at night a challenge for children.
Sometimes temporary snoring can be caused by allergies when the nasal passages become stuffy. If your child suffers from allergies, talk to their doctor about getting them under control to see if that resolves the snoring. If the snoring continues, it's likely there is another cause other than allergies.
Similar to allergies, a stuffy nose because of a respiratory infection can also cause children to breathe through their mouth and/or snore at night. Keep an eye on the snoring, and if it continues after the respiratory infection has gone away, it may need further investigation.
A deviated septum occurs when one of the nostrils, and therefore airways, is offset or smaller than the other, making it harder to breathe naturally through the nose. This could lead to snoring.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Although sleep apnea is often thought of as a condition that only affects older, overweight males, that's actually not true. Obstructive sleep apnea can be present in women and children as well. One more obvious symptom that sometimes occurs with sleep apnea is gasping or snorting for air during sleep versus just normal snoring.
Underdeveloped Jaw or Airway
One of the things that sets Dr. Buck apart from others is his deep understanding and expertise in the areas of jaw and airway development. Understanding the huge role this plays in breathing, posture, facial development and even orthodontics means he has been able to help children and adults of all ages fix not only one part of their health and wellness, but also many aspects of it all at once with one treatment focus.
To find out more about Airway-Centric Orthodontics, visit our page here or give us a call at 425-329-4687.