“Sawing logs” isn't just something adults do during sleep. Approximately 10% of children snore on an almost nightly basis, and as many as one-third of those kids could regularly be suffering from breathing difficulties. All parents should know the risk of child snoring so they can seek help before their child's overall health begins to suffer.
Like adults, child snoring could be indicative of sleep apnea. But this isn't the only sign. Researchers in Canada, for example, have found that when the ratio of the circumference of the neck to the circumference of the waist exceeds .41, a child has a higher likelihood of sleep apnea.
Other potential indicators that your child's snoring might present a bigger problem than just noise include:
- Choking or gasping for breath during sleep
- Sleeping in unusual positions
- Fatigue during the day
- Trouble in school
- ADHD and other behavioral issues
- Stunted growth
Unlike adults, children might not have the ability to describe feelings of fatigue or restlessness while they're awake. Instead, it's important for parents to be aware of a child's behavior during the day and check on them at night for signs of snoring and issues with breathing.If you suspect your child's snoring might indicate a serious health problem, contact a local sleep specialist in your area: Please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.