A Study in Snoring

Its more problematic in children

Snoring is very common and can be more dangerous than you may think. Sleep Apnoeas and enlarged adenoids or tonsils are common problems associated with snoring. Some people naturally grow out of snoring, however this happens to a minority of the population. Roughly 25%-30% of people stop snoring without any medical assistance.

Pediatric snoring (snoring in children) can have negative neurocognitive effects. This means that your child can experience complications with memory, IQ testing and performance in math’s and vocabulary based subjects. Pediatric snoring has also been linked to certain behavioral traits, including inattention, hyperactivity and even anxiety or depression.

Snoring in children is often associated to enlarged adenoids and tonsils. These organs swell to block the throat and can create difficulty breathing, even leading to sleep apnoeas, which are pauses in breathing.

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How a blocked airway can cause snoring.

Effective solutions?

  • Topical nasal steroids have shown good results and can be prescribed
  • Adenotonsillectomy is the surgical option, which is a surgery with a high success rate targeted at removing obstructive adenoids and/or tonsils.
  • Another solution to snoring and sleep apnoea is CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This is a mask designed to wear when asleep, it blows a continuous pressure of air into the wearers breathing passages to stop these passages from collapsing and cause snoring.
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A CPAP machine in use.

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