Dr. Michael Baah Biney: Snoring in Children.

As with a car or other machine, any unusual noise is usually an indication of something that needs attention.

You will be on my side that unfortunately, ignoring such strange noises from the car can lead to unexpected interruptions during peak hours on unplanned days.

The human body is an image of such a situation. Snoring is an example of the car situation. While snoring sounds and feels harmless, it can have accompanying complications that can be surprising, preventable, terrible, and inedible.

A friend of mine called me one morning to complain that his nephew had this loud snoring that started about an hour or two after bed.

His siblings, his sleeping partner, will wake him up most of the time to sleep with their parents in order to continue his sleep. He added that his teachers complained and even wrote on his diploma that he usually slept during class and had poor academic results due to sleeping in class.

He even sleeps while eating. He regularly complains of headaches for which mom gave paracetamol syrup. he said to me with a giggle; “My sister, his mother, thinks he’s bewitched”. We both burst into uncontrollable laughter at the same time.

This is the reality that many people face on a daily basis.

What is snoring?

Snoring is a brass-colored, hoarse, or harsh sound that is caused by breathing loudly while you sleep. Snoring is carried to the lungs by a blockage along the windpipe; directly from the nostrils to the throat (in the nape of the neck). Changing from an upright posture during the day to a horizontal position while sleeping is one of the reasons for snoring. Because of this, it is common during sleep.

Snoring in children

Prolonged snoring in children can be worrying. I often hear from our grandmas that their wards grow out of it. That could be true. Some children will grow out of it, but if it is persistent, daily, and very noisy, you need to see the ENT specialist (ear, nose and throat surgeon); not only because of the loud breathing, but also because of complications that can arise if ignored, such as heart and kidney disease.

Snoring in children can be due to swollen tonsils in the back of the mouth or inflamed polyps behind the nostrils that block the airways.

Almonds and polyps are simply germ-fighting soldiers who purify the air and food we ingest to prevent disease.

With their activities, they sometimes swell and tend to block the airways.

One might wonder why the snoring is not heard when my ward gets out of bed, but only while sleeping? Now that’s the catch. The airways are kept open by muscles. These muscles are only active when you are awake and remain partially inactive when you sleep. It can also be the reason that your ward sleeps on its back; Sleeping on your side can correct it.

Foreign objects in the nostrils can be the cause of snoring. “How did the foreign body get into the nostril?” Can be asked questioningly.

Children play with lots of things, from toys to chalk to leftover food. They also try to curiously play with their mouths and nostrils by putting these materials inside.

In case they can’t get them out, they can’t tell the caretaker or even give a sign not to even . Snoring can be the only tell-tale sign of this event if you’ve never snored before. ENT surgeons and general practitioners have removed a surprising number of materials for children’s nostrils many times.

From hair to screws, you name them. Excessive physical exertion during the day has also been linked to snoring. Children often outgrow this time of snoring. Childhood obesity has also been found to be a cause.

Snoring in children, if ignored, can affect their academic performance in children. Because snoring impairs comfortable and restful sleep, which leads to drowsiness and daytime sleep (narcolepsy).

Direct or indirect snoring can be linked to poor academic performance as your station sleeps during class. Wards and guardians should be concerned when teachers report that their wards almost often sleep in class and academic performance deteriorates.

If these school events are accompanied by snoring, it is best to book an appointment with a family doctor or ENT surgeon for help.

About the author; Dr. Michael Baah Biney is a member of the Ghana Medical Association, Global Health Head @ Kandifo Institute. (@_papabiney on Twitter & Instagram). mikebiney77@gmail.com.

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