Snoring in Children

Dr. Patrick Gibbons discusses snoring in children.



Jessica Noll: I’m Jessica Noll and I’m with Dr. Matthew Bridges and Dr. Patrick Gibbons. They’re with Commonwealth Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists. Today we’re talking about a problem that impacts children. Snoring. Dr. Gibbons, does snoring in children really surprise parents?

Dr. Gibbons: Honestly, it shouldn’t. Most kids will snore at least part of the time. It’s very common to have an issue. Maybe a child has an obstructive event with a cold or a respiratory infection, or perhaps an asthma exacerbation. And that can cause some snoring. I think it’s important to differentiate between snoring and obstructive breathing. If it’s snoring I don’t think there’s a need to intervene. But if it’s obstructive breathing, if again, the child is not breathing, not getting enough oxygen through the night, that is a reason to intervene.

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