Children can have some strange nighttime tendencies. Some sleepwalk and others talk in their sleep; yet, what most children don’t do is snore in their sleep. A child who snores loudly every night is probably suffering from a larger issue.
While snoring may not seem like a problem, the lack of oxygen each night may leave your kiddo tired throughout the morning. Bottom line, if it’s a persistent habit, then a visit to the dentist is in order to determine the cause. Dr. James Stewart, your Livonia dentist highlights the common reasons for childhood snoring.
Your Child Might Have One of These Ailments
- The common cold. If your kiddo is enduring the common cold or even allergies, then they might experience some nighttime snoring. A cold or even allergy season tends to cause a build-up of mucus. This build-up can block airways to prevent your child from breathing properly. In these instances, simply wait until the cold has passed or until their allergies have been controlled. If your child still display symptoms of snoring after addressing the aforementioned problems, consult with Dr. Stewart.
- Enlarged tonsils. The main function of the tonsils is to stave off airborne viruses. Due to this, tonsils tend to become infected and enlarged, which can cause snoring. If enlarged tonsils is the cause of your child’s nighttime snoring, your Livonia dentist may recommend removal altogether.
- Obstructive sleep apnea. A common misconception about sleep apnea is that the sleeping disorder only affects adults. However, about four percent of children suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA. Take care to notice how your child sleeps. If they pause, gasp, or stop breathing several times throughout the night, this could point to OSA. In such cases, Dr. Stewart urges patients to bring in the child for an evaluation.
Learn More about Nighttime Snoring in Children
If your child is enduring nighttime snoring, take care to visit your Livonia dentist. Dr. Stewart can examine your child to determine what the source of the snoring. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (734) 425-4400. Also, visit our website to view services, testimonials, and print patient forms. We look forward to treating patients from Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and surrounding areas.