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Children and Snoring
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What is the most common physical problem associated with snoring?
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Hi, I am Kathy Moore for About.com Parenting. Does your child snore at night? You may be surprised to learn that most kids snore sometimes. But how can you tell if your child's snoring is normal or something more serious? This program will discuss how to assess your child's snoring and what to do if you suspect a problem.
Causes of Snoring in Children

Snoring is caused by an obstruction or narrowing of the air passages during sleep. Probably the most common physical problem associated with snoring is enlarged tonsils. Obesity can also contribute to snoring. Snoring-related sleep issues can lead to behavior problems, learning difficulties and excessive sleepiness during the day.
Snoring from Colds

The first time I noticed my daughter snoring was when she had a cold and runny nose. Snoring associated with colds, allergies or respiratory infection is fairly common in people of all ages but loud and regular snoring is not normal for healthy children.
Snoring from Allergies

According to the American College of Chest Physicians, children who snore are more likely to suffer from allergies than the general population and children with allergies are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. If your child stops breathing for a few seconds or gasps for breath, this may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
Solutions for Snoring Children

If you suspect your child has a snoring-related sleep issue you should consult your doctor. In fact the American Academy of pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for sleep problems. Tell your doctor what snoring patterns you have observed.

Remember, most kids snore sometimes but if your child snores loudly and regularly be sure to check with your doctor. Every child deserves a good night's sleep and so does every Mom.

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