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Doctors have issued a warning to parents with noisy sleepers that their kids could be suffering from a serious medical condition.

Children who snore, are moody, seek attention or lack concentration could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea – a condition which causes pauses in breathing while asleep and results in less oxygen travelling to the lungs or repetitive wake ups, reports 9 news.

“It’s really not normal for a child to snore at all,” Paediatric Sleep Physician Dr Scoot Burgers said.

“No-one is going to die from having obstructive sleep apnea but more importantly they end up having broken sleep so through the night the child’s not getting the good quality sleep they need for learning and feeling refreshed in the morning.

Impact Learning And Behaviour

“In the long-term, there could be impacts on their learning and general behaviour. There is some suggestion that some children might even have 10 points lower IQ scores if it’s persistence and long-term.

“The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are snoring particularly for a child who’s mouth-breathing or struggling with their breathing in their sleep.”

Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea include medication, taking out tonsils and adenoids, or using a machine which provides oxygen.

Surprisingly some specialists have reported success after giving these treatments to some children diagnosed with ADHD – often the symptoms of the two conditions are hard to differentiate.

Do you have a little snorer?

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  • After seeing the dramatic improvement ina friends little boy after he had his adenoids and tonsils put – ive since always been aware of snoring or loud sleeping in my kids. It’s never normal for kids to snore or sleep loudly. My friends little boy has improved sleep, behaviour and general wellness. Massive difference. Always get checked out if your kids snore or sleep loudly as apnea or other issues are usually at play and quite easily fixed.

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  • My youngest was a very loud snorer until he had to have grommets put in. At the same time the doctor removed his adenoids and he is now a very quiet snorer.

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  • Thankfully none of our four are snorers. My friends son is and he is currently undergoing tests to see why he snores!

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  • If you are in doubt then check it out.

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  • Thankfully we don’t have a snorer but I know many parents who do. I would always suggest going to the Doctors because I don’t know why any child should snore.

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  • My oldest son had the same issue, he was always sick and i didnt know till after we had his tonsils and adenoids removed how sick he was.. he turned from a kid who could not breath at night in to a kid who could.. his colour also turned from a greeny colour to a healthy pink one.. His kinder teachers told me they were really scared to take care of him.. after the fact of them been removed…
    MY normal doctors refused to send me to a ENT specialist.. it only happened when i broke down on a visit to a doctor my kid never sore and a got a referral to one … as soon as he sore my son he had the operation within a week.. He went from a kid with sleep apnea to a normal kid the moment after the op when i saw him in recovery room.. a kid who snored to one who could breath,, do not be afraid,,,

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  • interesting story thanks for sharing.

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  • my gosh, another thing to worry about.

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  • I didn’t know children where subject to sleep apnea, might have to have a little camp out to study their sleeping haha

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  • Great information – knew adults got this but didn’t realise children could be prone to it too.

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  • Always good to know, thanks for posting.

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  • I don’t have a snorer, but my daughter grinds her teeth really loudly, I never realised how loud until we had to share a room for a couple of months while we found somewhere to live after moving interstate.

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  • Very interesting, thank you for sharing.

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  • A relative of mine has children. The 2nd one has snored ever sice he was a tiny baby. He has been taken to the Dr. and a specialist and everything is OK. He is hard to wake up when he is asleep. If you have to get him up for any reason he is likely to go to sleep literally within a few seconds instead of getting up if he is tired. In the last 5 or 6 years I have started snoring and have just done a sleep apneoa trial because I occasionally wake up very suddenly feeling as though I have woken up after surgery – not a pleasant feeling. I am currently finding out about a cpap machine. You can actually stop breathing for over 1 1/2 minutes. You also can wake up without realising it. Ebd result in the morning still feeling quite tired, and apparently grumpy. Children are probably the same. I have also been told I have become a VERY nosiy sleeper. Recently I snored a lot louder than another noisy sleeper which is really bad.

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  • I think my kids only snore when they are sick with a cold. Must keep an eye on it though.

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