Pediatric Snoring

Pediatric Snoring



Snoring may happen when a child has a sleep disorder or breathing problem.

Expanded overview

Snoring is a sound that happens when a child breathes in and out during sleep. The sound is due to when the opening and closing of the air passage at the back of the mouth causes the throat, tongue, tonsils and adenoids to vibrate. 


A child may snore all the time, or only sometimes, depending on the cause. Causes of snoring may include:

  • Deviated septum (offset nasal airway, reducing airflow through the nose)
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids blocking the airway
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Upper respiratory infection (blocked sinuses caused by a cold or allergies)


Accompanying symptoms may be due to the condition that causes the snoring. Symptoms may include:

  • Behavioral and attention problems
  • Breathing that stops for a few seconds at a time during sleep
  • Breathing through the mouth only
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficult to wake in the morning
  • Makes snuffling or snoring noises during sleep
  • Hyperactive behavior when awake
  • Irritability from lack of quality sleep
  • Loud breathing during sleep
  • Restless sleep (moves around a lot)
  • Sweating during sleep

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