Your Child’s Health is Affected by Snoring

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Adults are not the only ones that snore. Children may also be plagued by the condition for various reasons, beginning as young as infancy. There are many reasons why children snore, as well as many adverse affects to the condition. Mouth breathing in children is a serious condition that contributes to the snoring problem as well as other conditions that parents should be aware of in order to get them treated early or avoid them altogether. The conditions can have long-lasting or even lifetime consequences, so each parent should take heed of their child’s mouth breathing as a major symptom and warning of other conditions.

First, the causes of mouth breathing in children can include chronic allergies, such as dust, molds or pet dander in the home. This can begin the day the infant is brought into the home. The allergies can cause nasal congestion that forces the child to breathe through their mouth and can become a long term problem. However, it should be noted that the common cold may cause temporary mouth breathing, which does not have the long term effects. Excessive use of a pacifier, thumb sucking, or a lack of suckling as an infant can also cause a backward positioning of the lower jaw that forces mouth breathing in order to obtain oxygen that the body requires.

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Parent should take heed of their child's health to avoid symptom and warning of other conditions.

The affects of mouth breathing can include a jaw deformity, with the lower jaw positioned backward, obstructing the airway and causing snoring and creating the look of a long face as well as malocclusion (a misalignment of the upper and lower sets of teeth) and tooth crowding as a child’s teeth grow in. Early treatment can prevent the necessity for braces and other facial orthotic appliances to realign the jaws and prevent the look of a small chin or other facial deformities that can affect the child throughout life. Mouth breathing also causes a change in the posture of the neck and head in order to facilitate better breathing, resulting in permanent posture changes that can affect the upper back and neck.

Consulting your physician as soon as the mouth breathing is discovered results in measures of prevention as well as treatment to avoid any long term affects and contributes to the overall health of the child when the snoring and mouth breathing stops. For more information on the causes of snoring, please see “Simple Remedies for a Peaceful Night” and leave your comments and advice here for others in order to add some silence to our nights.