A baby needs restful sleep in order to develop harmoniously and healthily, which is why sleep hours are precious and vital to him. When not resting properly, little ones can be irritable, agitated, lack appetite, rub their eyes and are hard to calm.
A restless sleep can be caused by snoring, a symptom that can affect the little ones from the first weeks of life. After the first months of life, however, the occasional snoring will begin to disappear by itself, without the need for medical intervention. This is because the baby's airways begin to widen and are no longer so narrow, favoring breathing.
Why is the baby snoring?
You do not have to worry if the baby snores occasionally, which happens if he has had a day when he did not rest, being tired. You don't have to worry about the baby being chilled either, because snoring can be a consequence of the cold.
However, snoring is a manifestation that parents should not ignore, if it lasts several evenings or weeks in a row, because it may indicate the presence of more serious conditions. It can be flu, sinusitis, polyps, but also other health problems.
In case the baby cries for several days in a row, without this happening before, it is good to go with him to a medical consultation.
Snoring is associated with sleep apnea, which means a disruption of the normal rhythm of breathing, and may occur in children who have not turned two years. Therefore, representatives of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend parents to test children who have not turned two years of age who are snoring. It is vital that sleep apnea be treated, because babies are in the process of development, and their brain is not deprived of oxygen for even a moment. A doctor will consult your child carefully to determine the causes that lead to apnea (this may be mucus accumulation in the nostrils, nasal obstruction), and then treatment. Surgery is recommended only in certain situations, in extremely rare cases.
Obstruction of the nostrils, among the causes of snoring
The nostrils of a baby can be plugged quite easily, especially when they are cold, one of the consequences being the appearance of snoring. Babies are not able to break their noses alone. When a child is chilled, it can happen that his tonsils become inflamed, which is another factor that contributes to the occurrence of snoring episodes.
A cause of obstruction of a nostril may be represented by unidentified malformations, which means that the nose may be blocked by cartilage or bone. The deviation of the septum may also be to blame for the emergence of snoring from an early age. Your baby can run his nose quite often and breathe in his mouth.
In the case of septal deviation, the surgery is the one that will treat the problem, as in the case of malformations. Also, in the case of obstructions caused by malformations, a stent can also be used.
Polyps are a common cause of snoring. Once the doctor identifies them, they can be treated either by drug treatment or by surgery.
Asthma, allergies and snoring
Children suffering from allergy or asthma may have nights when they cannot rest well because of snoring. Other symptoms of snoring are heavy breathing and fatigue. In this case, the doctor recommends an asthma treatment, which will lead to the disappearance of snoring.
There is also the possibility that the muscles involved in the breathing process may not function properly while the baby is sleeping, and the airways may not open sufficiently.
Situations in which to seek medical help urgently
- if your baby breathes chaotic, noisy and has moments when the breathing process is interrupted, then you should go to the doctor with him; such episodes can affect his brain, his health could be severely affected;
- the baby has difficulties in waking up
- when snoring slowly every time he goes to sleep;
- when the snoring prevents the child from falling asleep.
When you go to the doctor with your child, be prepared to give him details about the baby's sleep program, how well to rest, about any other snoring episodes the baby has gone through.
Careful! Do not keep the child in rooms where there is cigarette smoke, as this can make breathing difficult, which leads to snoring.
Snoring should not be left untreated because, in the long term, it can lead to the development of lung and cardiovascular problems. Also, the growth process may be affected. There are studies that have shown that young children with snoring are more prone to cough, but also have an increased risk for hyperactivity.
Remedies against snoring
If you have a snoring baby, you can take some measures that will help him cope with this unpleasant symptom:
- be sure he sleeps in the correct position: if your little one snores, you can put his pillow a little higher, because it facilitates his breathing; it is best for the baby to sleep face up;
- make sure that there are no potential allergen factors in the child's bedroom, from dust to animal hair; do not put very thick curtains because they can also damage, because they retain dust;
- Your baby's nostrils should always be cleaned, especially if it is cold or if you know you have an allergy;
- the air in the room must be humidified, which is why it is indicated that in the room where the child is sitting a humidifier is used; the dry air in a room can hinder the baby's breathing, contributing to the appearance of snoring.
If the baby has older problems with snoring, then it is advisable to carefully monitor their sleep, to pay close attention to the sounds they make during sleep.
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