Snoring is a common phenomenon, not only in adults, but many small babies will also snore. The baby's breathing is usually quiet after falling asleep. Sometimes, occasional snoring is considered normal. But if the baby snores loudly or frequently, there may be hidden health problems behind it. Do babies snore normally? Today we will talk about it in three aspects: causes, hazards, remedies.
1. What causes snoring?
There probably is not one single cause. It needs a concrete analysis of specific situations.
1.1 wrong sleep position
If babies sleep in a wrong position, like their hands and feet are pressed, or their bodies are twisted. They may snore at night.
1.2 excessive amount of exercise in the day
An excessive amount of exercise during the day makes babies tired. Tired babies are easier to snore.
1.3 large tonsils
Babies with large tonsils often snore. Some babies' tonsils are large from birth. Some large tonsils have resulted from a cold. The enlarged tonsil in a baby’s throat can interfere with breathing while sleeping.
1.4 sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. Most babies with sleep apnea do snore, they awake frequently during sleep.
Obesity will cause swelling of the soft tissues, the large soft tissues can cause tracheal compression. That's why your baby will snore sometimes.
1.6 catch a cold
When a baby has a cold, he/she will have these symptoms such as stuffy nose, runny nose, and scratchy throat, etc. The baby sleep with mouth open, or snores.
Not like adults, babies are sensitive and delicate. Even dust mites can trigger allergies. Allergies can make a baby’s nose to be congested, cause breathing difficulties.
1.8 poor air quality
People knows that secondhand smoke causes health problems. Biologically, babies are more susceptible to the dangers of passive smoking. Secondhand smoke can worse respiratory disease. It can also trigger snoring.
2. The hazards of snoring
Some people may ask: my baby snores at night, should I be worried? The answer is yes. Prolonged snoring has many hazards.
2.1 affect the appearance
When a baby can not breathe by his/her nose, he/she only can choose to breathe by mouth. But it may grind down the teeth, and cause some problems in chewing. Besides, it also will affect a baby’s appearance.
If babies have snored for a long time, it will affect their breath. Their bodies can not get enough oxygen, which will easily cause brain hypoxia. Finally, it will cause health problems.
2.3 affect the sleep quality, baby can not have a good rest
Most immediately, snoring affects sleep quality. Babies can not have a good rest. A night of high-quality sleep is very important for a baby. When babies sleep, the growth hormone is released into their bodies. The growth hormone can build muscle, stimulate the bone marrow, creating immune cells. It means a lot for growth and development.
3. What should I do?
3.1 adjust the sleep position
Adjusting and finding a comfortable sleep position for your baby.
3.2 weight control
Parents need to help babies to control the weight of their bodies. Creating or adjusting a new diet structure. It can help stop snoring.
3.3 moderate exercise
A little exercise is good for a baby's health. It can improve the development of limbs, and elevate the baby's mood.
3.4 buy a sleep sack
The easy and basic way is to have a sleep sack for your baby. In the old days, people only can cover their babies with quilts. But babies may be overheated, and they will kick the quilts sometimes. Then they may catch a cold.
Sleep sacks are more and more popular at present. Mothers will choose typical sleep sacks for their babies to sleep wear. A versatile sleep sack not only can cozy up babies but also can give them a sense of security and comfort. Babies can sleep much better in it.
3.5 stay away from cigarettes
To create a healthy growing environment. It's time for parents to quit smoking.
3.6 see a doctor
Check if your baby appears symptomatic as below, then you need to take him/her to see a doctor.
1) Have long-term, frequent snoring.
2) Loud snoring.
3) Sleep apnea.
4) Baby sleep with mouth open.
5) Restless sleep, wake up frequently during sleep.
6) Excessive sweating during sleep.
7) Have difficulty in concentrating.