More and more children are snoring in their sleep these days, and that’s no sign of a good night’s sleep. Did you know? If your baby makes loud snoring sounds continuously while sleeping, and also sleeps with open mouth breathing, it is a disease. Liang Wenyu, director of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Maoming Maternal and Child Health Hospital, explains in detail about snoring.
Snoring, also known as snoring, is one of the common symptoms in children and has a very high incidence. About 20% or more of children have snoring-related sleep problems, and 1.2-5.7% of them have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.
In general, children also make a slight snoring sound during sleep, but it is abnormal if children make loud snoring sounds continuously. Loud snoring is a medical condition, the most common of which is tonsillar and adenoid hypertrophy. And snoring also tends to lead to temporary lack of oxygen to the brain, and may even lead to breathing difficulties or pauses in breathing, so it is important to pay enough attention when your baby snores.
What are the causes of snoring in children?
Respiratory infection: If your little one usually does not snore and suddenly starts to snore for a few days, then the mother can observe the baby’s respiratory tract. Especially if there are any uncomfortable symptoms in the throat area, the baby may have a cold problem and snore due to an obstruction in the throat. This situation will be improved after the cause of snoring is removed.
Sleeping position: If the baby likes to sleep on his back, this sleeping position will easily cause the baby to snore, because the baby’s face is facing upward, it will make the tongue fall down, which will block the throat and cause snoring.
Physical obesity: The respiratory tract of such children is filled with fatty tissues around, making it impossible to breathe smoothly, and when the vibration frequency between the soft palate and the throat wall exceeds 30 Hz, snoring will occur. The solution is scientific and healthy weight loss and healthy exercise without affecting the health and reducing the resistance.
Tonsil hypertrophy: Tonsils, also called tonsils, grow on both sides of the pharynx and have the function of defense and resistance to the invasion of external germs. Some babies have overly large tonsils, so that the tonsils on both sides almost touch each other, blocking the pharyngeal cavity, resulting in poor breathing, and when it comes to sleep, they will open their mouths to breathe and make snoring sounds. In addition, the tonsils are an organ of the immune system, and when the body’s reaction is dysfunctional and the resistance is lowered, it will also make the tonsils inflamed and enlarged. It leads to snoring in sleep.
Countermeasures: Firstly, to prevent tonsillitis: the key is to let the child exercise and take a certain amount of protein, vitamins and minerals daily to strengthen the body and improve immunity; secondly, to take anti-inflammatory drugs: take anti-inflammatory drugs under the guidance of a doctor, and it is not advisable to use them by yourself for a long time, because the long-term use of certain nasal drops can cause drug rhinitis and make the baby dependent on the drugs; thirdly, it is feasible to surgically ablate and remove The third is the feasibility of surgical ablation and removal.
Adenoid hypertrophy: Adenoids, also known as proliferators, are a large lymphatic tissue located in the posterior part of the nasopharyngeal cavity and are most proliferative at the age of 3-6. Normal adenoids have no effect on children, but when they become too enlarged, they block the posterior nostrils and prevent air from entering and leaving the nasal cavity. When children fall asleep, the gas exhaled from the trachea is forced out of the mouth, and the gas impacts the tongue root and other tissues, making a snoring sound.
Take anti-inflammatory drugs under the guidance of a doctor, but not for a long time; go to a regular children’s hospital for plasma ablation surgery.
In our long-term clinical treatment, we found that the best age for pediatric adenoid hypertrophy treatment is 2-6 years old, because children over 6 years old are already school-age children, and if they sleep poorly at night, it will affect their learning during the day. Common manifestations are inattention, memory loss, etc. Children over 6 years old miss the second developmental period of the maxilla, and some of them develop upper and lower bite misalignment, which later requires oral orthopedics.
It is reported that the ENT clinic of Maoming Maternal and Child Health Hospital is equipped with advanced examination instruments and equipment such as electronic nasopharyngoscope, sinus endoscope and ear endoscope, and the operating room is equipped with low-temperature plasma ablation surgery system, sinus endoscopy surgery equipment, support laryngoscope and esophagoscope, which can routinely carry out all kinds of ENT surgery.
Parents, if your baby sleeps with open mouth breathing and snoring, and if the phenomenon lasts longer or even worsens, you are recommended to take your baby to the hospital for specific examination to clarify the causes, etc.