Kids and adults snore some nights but about 8-12 percent of children snore every night; it is called habitual snoring. 3-5 percent of children have sleep apnea. Pediatric sleep apnea is a serious condition that can negatively affect your child's growth, emotional and cognitive development and even cardiovascular health. Find out if your child has these top six signs that their snoring is a concern.
Do Your Children Experience These Warning Signs?
Frequent Nighttime Sweats: This is due to the overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system while they sleep. It is triggered by low oxygen and working to breathe against a closed airway.
Odd Sleeping Positions: Hyperactive extension of the neck is common in children with sleep apnea because it helps to help keep the airway open.
Morning Headaches: These are due to low oxygen and elevated blood pressure while they are sleeping.
Chest Movements: If there is an inward movement of the rib cage and breastbone while breathing, that means there is struggling efforts to breathe in against a closed airway.
Down Syndrome: According to sources, 40 and 70 percent of all children with Down Syndrome have sleep apnea. If untreated, it can severely affect their health and mental development.
Obesity: We know that obesity is a large contributor to snoring. There have been numerous cases of people losing a significant amount of weight and then not snore anymore. If left untreated, it could increase their chances of developing hypertension and insulin resistance.
Keep an eye on your children and their snoring habits and if they experience any of these symptoms, take them to their primary care doctor.