Snoring is a noise that is made usually when a person is sleeping. When a person is sleeping, the airways in the head and the neck tend to relax and narrow. When this happens, while breathing in and out, there is some blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth. The continuous opening and closing of the air passage causes the tissues in the throat to vibrate and which causes snoring. The sound andloudness are affected by the amount of air passing through and the speed with which the throat tissue vibrates.
Everyone is capable of snoring from small babies to adults. Children who are over the age of three tend to snore a lot when they are in the deep stages of sleep. Snoring has been associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) which means the person is unable to get sufficient amount of oxygen and may stop breathing for a few seconds. However, primary snoring is a type of snoring not associated with OSAS. It simply happens when the airways are narrowed down, and the continuous opening and closing of the air passage causes vibrations in the throat tissues.
Why Causes Snoring in Babies?
Babies tend to snore a lot and there are times when the parents are worried and concerned about their baby‘s snoring. However, this is nothing to be worried about as snoring in babies is pretty normal. Newborn babies snore more because theirairways are very small and filled with secretions which cause collisions with the air breathed in. This hence causes newborn babies to make snoring sounds and disturb the parents. A baby’s snoringis a very common problem and not harmful in anyway. However, if it persists and parents are really starting to worry, they can try to do the following:
- Change the Infants Position
- Hose the Baby’s Nose
- Humidify the Air
- Remove Allergens Sleeping Quarters
These tips have been known to be effective and helpful in reducing the severity of a baby’s snoring.
What Causes Snoring in Children?
According to a research, it had been found out that not only do at least one to three percent of children snore, but also suffer from breathing problems duringtheir sleep. Snoring gets serious when it is accompanied by gasps or pauses while breathing, which is an indication that the child may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)and it is recommended that this is looked at by a doctor and treated immediately before it worsens.
While sleeping, children’s muscles tend to relax but they can become so relaxed that the airway is narrowed or blocked and an adequate amount of air cannot pass through. This intervenes with breathing, causing a pause in breathing that lasts for a few seconds. The brain is then informed and signals the body to start breathing again. This process results in the child gasping, snorting and sometimes waking up suddenly. Because of these repeated arousals to breathe, it gets difficult for a child to sleep. It might lead to a lot of discomfort for the child and they might be sleepy and might cause them to be overtired during the day.