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Is it a big deal if my 3 year old snores?
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In brief: Possibly
When kids have allergies or colds it is not unusual for them to snore.
However, if the snoring persists it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. This may happen when the adenoids enlarge and block air passage during sleep. Kids in this situation are restless sleepers, wake up frequently and they pause breathing for several seconds all during sleep. Sleep apnea affects development and must be evaluated.

In brief: Possibly
When kids have allergies or colds it is not unusual for them to snore.
However, if the snoring persists it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. This may happen when the adenoids enlarge and block air passage during sleep. Kids in this situation are restless sleepers, wake up frequently and they pause breathing for several seconds all during sleep. Sleep apnea affects development and must be evaluated.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Patrick Melder
In children, snoring by itself can lead to neuro-cognitive issues... Best to have it evaluated.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The adenoidal/tonsillar mass will continue to grow faster than the kid until the age of 8 or 9 when it stabilizes.
These narrow the airway and aggravate snoring.In my experience the kids who snore before 6 have a high frequency of sleep apnea/disturbance bith behavior changes and daytime sleepiness.Most need surgery to return to a more productive/normal life.

In brief: Yes
The adenoidal/tonsillar mass will continue to grow faster than the kid until the age of 8 or 9 when it stabilizes.
These narrow the airway and aggravate snoring.In my experience the kids who snore before 6 have a high frequency of sleep apnea/disturbance bith behavior changes and daytime sleepiness.Most need surgery to return to a more productive/normal life.
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Light gentle snoring is not a big deal, heavy room shaking snoring or snoring that includes periods of apnea (stopping breathing) is a problem and needs to be evaluated by your child's pediatrician or ent.

In brief: Depends
Light gentle snoring is not a big deal, heavy room shaking snoring or snoring that includes periods of apnea (stopping breathing) is a problem and needs to be evaluated by your child's pediatrician or ent.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
In brief: M.D. visit
Airflow obstruction may cause the sound of snoring.
There may be an area of the airway that narrows during sleep. Further testing is indicated if this occurs 4 or more times per week; if it is associated with behavior changes, poor growth or delay in achieving developmental milestones. Occasional snoring especially if it is associated with nasal congestion is usually not a serious condition.

In brief: M.D. visit
Airflow obstruction may cause the sound of snoring.
There may be an area of the airway that narrows during sleep. Further testing is indicated if this occurs 4 or more times per week; if it is associated with behavior changes, poor growth or delay in achieving developmental milestones. Occasional snoring especially if it is associated with nasal congestion is usually not a serious condition.
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