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Is Snoring Linked To Speech Difficulties In Children
My 10 year old daughter is overweight and she snores whilesleeping. She is always disturbed while sleeping and alsohas a bed wetting problem. Do children get sleep apnea?
Sleep Apnea: About 10% children that age would snore in their sleep, but only 1-3% of snorers have obstructive sleep apnea. Possible causes are; enlarged tonsil/adenoids, obesity, genetic syndromes such as down's syndrome, family history of sleep apnea. I recommend her pediatrician evaluate to rule out apnea. Wish her well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Snoring : Snoring is generally not considered normal. It depends on the degree that the child is snoring to some extent. However, studies have shown that snoring may be more significant then previously suspected. This may indicate there are issues obstructive sleep apnea. This can cause behavioral problems, hyperactivity.Poor school performance, and other issues. You should talk to pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Common: The tonsils ; adenoids in kids grow faster in early ; middle childhood than other body parts.At 6-9 kids often snore.At this point the glandular tissue stabalizes its size but the kids continue to grow. By the mid teens the snoring has gone.Snoring in 3-4 yo or assoc excessive day sleeping needs an evaluation for sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common: get followup: Tonsils can often grow faster than a kid does until they are about 7-8 ; any infections will add to the size. Snoring kids need to be monitored for sleep problems ; occasionally will need a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. If you hear gaps in the kids snoring of more that 15 sec, record it ; see your pcp/ent about a study. This might need a little more time to improve but surgery may be needed. ...Read more
Maybe,maybe not: I find that intellect has little to do with their sleeping habits. It is possible, that such a kid would have sleep apnea to the point they lost oxygen during sleep and might not fare well as they grew up. Any kid 2-4 years who snores regularly should be evaluated by an ENT and or sleep disorder center. ...Read more
My first two children have never snored. My 3rd child is 16 mo old and snores like crazy. . Is this normal?
Maybe: There is not a definitive link in the literature yet, but many parents have reported this to me as well for kids undergoing expansion. Snoring is adolescents often is induced by a constricted upper airway via swelling of the adenoids and/or reduced nasal space. Palatal expansion indirectly affects the airway and could improve the issue. I would also have an ENT evaluation for your child. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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