Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Children
Snoring is noisy breathing through the mouth or nose during sleep. Everyone snores once in a while. People snore when they are congested. Even babies or a beloved pet may snore, (cats generally don't snore as much as dogs). There are many medical causes for snoring. This is one of the reasons you need to discuss your snoring with your physician. You should especially see your doctor if you have severe snoring that has just started recently and you haven't gained any weight. Problems of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea occur in children as well as adults. The most common cause for snoring, sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness, and other symptoms, are common conditions in children, is an enlargement of the tonsils, a large tongue or mass of tissue near the opening of the nose into the throat. Tonsils (tonsillitis) or adenoids (adenoiditis), may occur separately or together, usually caused by a virus. Symptoms are fever, sore throat, and tiredness along with cold symptoms, such as a cough and a runny nose. Children with chronically inflamed adenoids may breath through the mouth, snore, and have a nasal or muffled sounding voice. In children, inflamed adenoids can block the passageway between the ears and the throat (eustachian tubes), contributing to ear infections.
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Other causes can include a small jaw, difficulty swallowing, congestion or blockage of the nose (trouble breathing), may also contribute to a problem, and more serious problems including heart failure. It is possible that the sleep impairment in these cases can lead to a growth hormone deficiency and small build. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, and may occur with a cold or may follow a cold. A mild sore throat may be caused by smoking. Avoid smoke in your home and workplace. Smoke irritates inflamed membranes in your nose and sinuses, air pollution, yelling, or dry air. Children who are exposed to cigars or tobacco smoke in the home have more ear infections and are prone to other health problems such as asthma. People who have allergies or stuffy noses may breathe through their mouths while sleeping, which can cause a mild sore throat. Strap throat is a sore throat caused by streptococcal bacteria. It is more common in children from 2 to 16 years of age. Ear infection can occur in the middle ear or the ear canal. A middle ear infection usually develops during a cold.
The common cold is brought by any one of 199 viruses. The symptoms is a sore throat, red eyes, runny nose, sneezing, dry cough, headache, and general body ache. There is a gradual 1-or 2-day onset. As a cold progresses, the nasal mucus may thicken. The average child has 6 colds a year. In children, coughing and nasal discharge that last more than 7 to 10 days along with complaints of headache and facial pain are good signs that the problem is sinusitis, not just a cold. Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses. The symptom of sinusitis is pain over the cheekbones and upper teeth; around and behind the eyes or in the forehead over the eyebrows. Many children snore. Between 3% and 12% of children snore, while obstructive sleep apnea syndrome affects 1% to 10% of children. Children with this symptom have difficulty concentrating, focusing and problems at school.
Tips for Healthy Children, are the best keys to weather childhood illnesses or avoid them entirely are to gain an understanding of what makes someone healthy. The best support of health is a balanced diet, clean water, and adequate physical activity, which will keep your body’s immune system functioning properly. A balanced immune system equals a healthy body. The best way to begin preventing disease and establishing health in your children is to make sure their immune systems are strong and vital.
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You may want to consult specialist if you have sever snoring that has just started recently and you haven't gained any weight.
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