While new studies help us understand snoring better, we are now seeing an interesting connection between infant and adult snoring.
Recently, it has been identified that infant of parents that snore have a much greater risk for also becoming snorers. In addition, this same study also identified that children who develop asthma and/or asthma are also at high risk for becoming snorers. Another fascinating piece of information is that black children have the greatest risk among children of becoming chronic snorers.
Regardless, the problem with snoring is associated with the nose and throat. When airflow is disrupted, breathing becomes strained and snoring occurs. Since infants are difficult to treat with home remedies and over-the-counter anti-snoring products so there are doctors that will recommend other solutions to include radio wave or laser treatment, as well as surgery to help clear any obstructions, along with tightening tissues in the throat.
Obviously, trying to get a baby to wear a nasal strip, use a special anti-snoring pillow, or sleeping on his or her tummy does not work. Therefore, you have to come up with some other solutions. Keep in mind that a snoring infant is common. In addition, of the children born to parents who snore, we discovered that many parents use blood testing to assess a child’s allergies. Typically, this would include testing for ragweed, grasses, trees, dust mites, dogs, cats, and so on. Another interesting piece of information was that while smoking can attribute to an adult’s snoring problem, study after study shows no correlation between adult smoking and infant snoring, although secondhand smoke is not good.
The main concern with infant snoring is associated more with breathing than it is with snoring. For instance, if the child is actually going through brief periods of non-breathing, there could be someone genetic going on that needs to be checked. Sometimes, an infant may have a physical abnormality that can be easily corrected. Now, some of the things that you might try to help with your infant’s snoring include making sure he or she is not overweight, which is a contributor. Additionally, you might raise the head of the crib mattress just slightly to raise the head, which would help open the airway, making breathing easier and snoring less.
The most important thing is not to panic. However, if you notice your child snoring heavily or having difficulty with breathing in any way, you certainly want to contact your doctor. Chances are an examination of the infant will show that he or she is simply following in mom and/or dad’s footsteps but as a parent, you want to have this peace of mind.