Snoring is a sound produced at the back of the throat. It can wake you or your partner and can be socially embarrassing. If you experience additional symptoms of choking, witnessed apneas, and feel unusually sleepy in the day, experience headaches, it is likely that you have sleep apnea. An ENT consult is advised as untreated sleep apnea is associated with multiple medical problems.
Sleep apnea in children is often associated with nasal obstruction secondary to nasal allergies and having enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Nasal obstruction should be treated adequately to correct mouth breathing for the upper and lower jaw to develop normally, giving space behind the throat (oropharyngeal airway). In addition, the size of the tonsils and adenoids peak at age 2-8 years. It is important to recognise sleep apnea symptoms in a snoring child early as the condition is associated with neurocognitive and behavioural problems if left untreated.
Symptoms in a snoring child who is likely to have sleep apnea: