Baby sound sleeping

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When little Johnny or Janie  first begins to snore, it’s natural for parents to see it as another cute childhood habit.  In reality, snoring children can be showing symptoms of a serious underlying problem.

When children snore, it can be a sign of OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  This condition can pose a serious problem in up to three percent of healthy, normal preschoolers.  Most often, snoring in children under the age of six years old is caused by problems related to the adenoids and tonsils.  For these children, it’s not the size of Read more . . .

Baby  sleeping on a high chair

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It’s 2:00 am, and something’s woken you.  It sounds like a colony of bullfrogs, or perhaps a marching band.  But then, you realize that people are snoring — in every room in your own house.

It’s bad enough that your husband snores like a wild man, but now you recognize that your child is snoring as well!  Out of curiosity, you mention the problem to your pediatrician, who tells you that children who snore should be checked for possible underlying concerns.

Is snoring usually genetic?  Actually, if one parent is a snorer, the kid is three times more likely to also Read more . . .

Infant in deep sleep

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A parent’s love of his or her child is,  hopefully,  unconditional,  so parents of children who snore will often regard their child’s habit as an adorable trait.  Childhood snoring can signify a medical problem,  so there may be nothing “cute” about it.

It is estimated that around 3% to 12% of preschool children snore.  Most of these children will otherwise  look quite healthy and fit. This kind of snoring experienced by children is called primary snoring.

Another  two percent of young children will suffer from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), which is being Read more . . .