Studies indicate that in some children learning difficulties, aggressive behaviour and hyperactivity are influenced by snoring and breathing difficulties at night.
- If your child snores and has behavioural or learning problems, take them to a sleep specialist.
- If a weight problem is causing the snoring, this needs to be addressed with diet changes and exercise.
- Surgical removal of the adenoids and tonsils (adenotonsillectomy) may also be recommended for children whose snoring is caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
- Your child may also snore but not have behavioural and learning problems. If you notice that their snoring is severe or accompanied by pauses, gasps or snorts, have them tested for sleep apnoea.
Over the counter treatments for kids?
A researcher from the University of South Australia’s Centre for Sleep Research said over-the-counter treatments shouldn’t be used, as: their effectiveness and safety for children haven’t been confirmed, and some products may interfere with a child’s development.
This article last reviewed April 2006