The Panicky Parent's Guide to Kids' Health

Don't Ignore the Snores

If your kid snores, don't just shrug it off as a pesky habit. Although many kids snore occasionally (typically when they have allergies or a cold), regular, loud snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), when your child regularly stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep. Often, large tonsils and adenoids are to blame. Other symptoms include:

  • Gasping, snorting, and sweating during sleep
  • Restless sleep and sleeping in unusual positions
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Mouth breathing

If you suspect your child has sleep apnea, see your pediatrician ASAP. Left untreated, it may lead to learning and behavior problems.

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the November 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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