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Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

Snoring is already quite common among young children: around seven percent of all 2- to 6-year-olds snore regularly. But not all snoring is the same. So-called primary (even, quiet) snoring is rather harmless and occurs especially in children with very narrow nasal passages, enlarged polyps or a narrow midface.

Another cause of childhood snoring can be the so-called obstructive (airway narrowing) sleep apnea syndrome (OASA), a breathing disorder during sleep. Snoring is usually accompanied by strained breathing, sometimes with small, often irregular breathing pauses that make the child sleep very restlessly. Oxygen deficiency can occur at night because the children cannot get enough air. Mostly this is due to a significant narrowing of the upper airways. The obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is rather rare (up to two percent of children in toddler age), but it can have serious consequences on the growth and development of the child. Even with certain disabilities (e.g. Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, a brain disorder), breathing disorders and interruptions can occur more frequently. If your child snores regularly, the cause should definitely be clarified by a pediatrician.

Regardless of the cause, snoring can significantly worsen the child's sleep quality due to the "noise nuisance", which also affects the child's day-to-day well-being and the child's ability to concentrate. It has been found that the school performance of elementary school children who snore is worse than that of their non-snoring schoolmates. Children who snore are also more likely to show behavioral problems. One more reason to visit the pediatrician in any case if your child snores regularly.