Possible reasons why a newborn snores

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Snoring in babies is a common occurrence that might be as a result of nasal blockage which usually fades as baby’s nose is growing bigger. The concern here is for the mother to know that the snoring in her baby is not an indication of a serious health concern. However, if after using basic nasal treatment and the snoring continue or worsen, it is advisable to seek prompt medical attention as there may be an underlying cause for this condition. The mother can record the sound of the snoring and play it before medical doctor to know the best management option.
Loud snoring can indicate several health conditions including enlarged tonsils, sleep apnea or a deviated septum. Snoring prevents babies from enjoying sound sleep as the excessive buildup of carbon dioxide practically caused by blocked airways.

The deprivation of sleep in baby is detrimental to the growth and development of the baby and also results in having dark circles under the eyes, inappropriate weight gain, bed wetting, terrific night experience and obesity.

It has also been established that any snoring child will eat poorly, have low weight commiserate to his/her age, mouth, throat, lung or cardiac problems. These may not occur or noticeable within the early age of the baby, but it may develop over the first year.

Any child who is having a hard time sleeping at night, difficulty breathing during the day, gets easily winded, or has a difficult time eating and gaining weight should be fully evaluated by their pediatrician.

A child who snores may also be suffering from laryngomalacia symptom. This is a condition characterized with the softening of the tissues of the voice box. When there is any disorder in the laryngeal structure may make the tissues to fall over the airway opening and blocking it partially.
A severe laryngomalacia mostly interferes with breathing or eating which often necessitate the use of either breathing tube or have reconstructive surgery performed which may be exposed to infection thereby leading to snoring.

 

 

Diagnosis

A child with snoring problem requires sleep tests usually done for an adult but since the snoring begins at infancy, it is advisable for the child to go for sleep test.

Other possible screening that may be undertaken includes:

Endoscopic examination to have direct views of the airway
Pulmonary function tests to examine the lungs
Imaging tests such as CT scans and MRI tests
Voice and swallowing tests



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