Your Toddler's Snoring Could Be a Red Flag for Trouble Ahead

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toddler napDoes your child snore? That snoring may mean something more than ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Now loud snoring in preschoolers is being tied to behavioral problems like hyperactivity, attention issues, and depression. A study found that 9 percent of 249 two- and three-year-olds were snoring loudly two or more times a week. Those kids were more likely to have behavior issues by the time they were three than the non-snorers.

Researchers don't know why loud snoring is linked with behavior. It could have something to do with poor quality sleep. But guess what else is a factor? Breastfeeding. Apparently it can help protect against snoring and/or its effects on behavior. Of course, all kids snore from time to time. How do you know what's normal -- and what's a potential danger sign?

Hell if I know! But if you've noticed your kid snoring loudly two nights in a row, maybe it's time to at least start paying attention and taking notes. Will you feel like a crazy person? Maybe, probably. But at least when you take your child to the pediatrician to talk about her snoring, you'll be able to give the doctor some details that will help determine if that snoring is normal or cause for concern.

Bottom line: If you notice it, it's worth bringing up. "If your kids snore, you have to ask more," says Richard M. Kravitz, MD. "Don't sleep on it, act on it," he says. Can I have a beat box for Dr. Kravitz? Let me write you a few more rhymes!

Kid snoozzzzes, we loozzzzes.

When in doubt, give a shout.

Bring your dozer to a doctor not a poser.

Buzzsaw bonanza.

You don't want no classroom dancer.

Devils snore where angels fear to shred.

I don't really know where I'm going with that last one. Anyway, you get the point. Yes, it's one more thing for parents to worry about. But maybe you can help your child have a better year in preschool.

Are you surprised to hear there's a connection between snoring and behavior?


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nonmember avatar ridiculous

What a ridiculous freakin is some alarming info about something everyone does....SNORING......but what should we do about it? "Hell if I know?"

Thanks for "one more thing to worry about"

kebrowni kebrowni

My 15 month old snores and he's still breastfed. Articles like this are ridiculous and they piss me off.

onefo... onefootcutiepie

My kids were breastfed and snored. 2 of them have had their tonsils and adenoids out due to sleep apnea, which is probably where this article was supposed to go. CM--wanna hire me? lol

Meg LeRoy Schlagenhauf

I agree with the previous poster about the sleep apnea angle.  I personally use a CPAP machine because I have obstructive sleep apnea, and I was a heavy sleeper and snorer as a child.   I've probably had it my entire life.  The symptoms/repercussions of sleep apnea in children include those listed above for children who snore.  Surprise.  This article really missed the boat on shedding light on a serious health condition.  Do a little more research next time, please.

Kristin Mahoney Bresnahan

Along with onefootcutie and Meg...snoring is often (esp. in children) caused by enlarged tonsis and/or adenoids.  This article meantions neither! Definitely not helpful.  

darli... darlingmeggy

Actually I noticed my third daughter was snoring at age 3 she also cried tons when she was a baby. I also noticed she was a noisy eater I had her checked out and the poor girl had huge adenoids and they were promptly removed, the only side effect was smells became overwhelming and she turned into a picky eater. So yes! You do want to get a snoring toddler checked out

meri1010 meri1010

My son is 3 now and has always snored.  One night I noticed he stopped breathing internittently.  I am a nurse and knew right away that it was a form of sleep apnea ( a chronic medical condition where the affected person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep).  He also had tubes placed in his ears for chronic ear infections when he was 10 months old. He showed signs of a speech delay by the age of 2.  3 months ago he had his tonsils and adenoids removed.  Long story short his ENT specialist, said that all 3 are closely linked to one another.  " Almost all of my pediatric patients display all 3 medical conditions".  This is not to say that every child that snores has deeper issues than what is on the surface, but is definitely worth checking out if two or more issues are prevalent.

 Niche Witch  

nonmember avatar melmcl

Our son snored from day 1 - loud like a lumberjack! Only when we had his tonsils removed did he stop. His sleep apnea was horrendous, but he wasn't sick, no ear infections, strep or anything else. His primary care doc would not give us a referral to an ENT to have them removed because of that - even though when he was horizontal his airway was blocked 90%! 15 minutes and $9000 later (all cash BTW) he slept through he night for the first time in his life, that was at age 5. His teacher thought he was ADD, but it was actually sleep deprivation. When she researched it she was astounded that so many kids can have allergies or sleep issues which then mimic ADD symptoms. Today, that is the first question she asks if a child is having a hard time concentrating. If your child snores, get them to a ENT doc right away!

Amanda Jost Stoughton

My 2 year old snores and she was breast fed and she is a naughty little girl no matter what we do or how we handle it se keeps being naughty just saying

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