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It is not normal for the baby to make any noise when breathing when he is awake or asleep, nor for him to snore, and it is important to consult the pediatrician if the snoring is strong and constant, so that the cause of the snoring can be investigated and can start treatment.
The sound of snoring occurs when there is difficulty in the passage of air through the nose and airways and usually occurs when the passage is narrower than ideal. Snoring can also be indicative of allergies, reflux and increase in adenoids, for example, and treatment is carried out according to the cause.
Main causes of baby snoring
Baby snoring can be indicative of various disease problems, such as:
- Flu or cold;
- Enlargement of tonsils and adenoids, which are a kind of spongy flesh that are located inside the nose;
- Allergic rhinitis, it is important to identify the cause of the allergy and eliminate it;
- Gastroesophageal reflux, which can happen due to gastrointestinal immaturity. See what the symptoms are and how to treat gastroesophageal reflux in babies;
- Laryngomalacia, which is a congenital disease that affects the larynx and leads to airway obstruction during inspiration, causing the baby to breathe through the mouth and, consequently, snore.
Sleep apnea can also cause the baby to snore and is characterized by the momentary stop of breathing while the baby is sleeping, which results in a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the blood and brain, which can lead to serious complications if untreated.Learn more about baby sleep apnea.
Snoring makes the baby expend more energy, as he has to make more effort to breathe, which can lead to feeding difficulties. In this way, the baby may lose weight or not gain enough weight, in addition to delaying the development of the nervous system and motor coordination.
By breathing through the mouth, the baby may have more discomfort and sore throat, as well as an easier time developing strep throat. In addition, when the baby breathes through the mouth, the lips are parted and the teeth exposed, which can cause long-term changes in the structure of the bones of the mouth, which makes the face more elongated and the teeth poorly positioned.
What to do
If the baby snores constantly even if he doesn't have the flu or cold, it is important that parents take the baby to the pediatrician so that the cause of the baby's snoring can be verified and treatment can be started.It is not always possible to identify the exact cause of snoring, but it should still be investigated.
The pediatrician may request tests that may indicate what may be making it difficult for the baby to breathe through the nose without any sound emission, thus indicating the necessary treatment.