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Snoring could signal underlying health problems in children

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - There aren't too many things as peaceful in life as the sound of a sleeping baby.

However, when that sleep becomes disrupted by persistent snoring, doctors say parents should take notice.

"Snoring indicates that there is some level of obstruction of the airway," said Dr. Gregory Omlor, Director of the Sleep Center at Akron Children's Hospital.

Dr. Omlor says snoring occurs in up to 18% of children. Although, he says it is unusual for babies younger than six months to snore and for children to snore more than two nights per week.

He says parents who have children who snore should be concerned if their child struggles to breathe at night because it could signal other health issues such as enlarged adenoids, allergies or obstructive sleep apnea.

"So, your body's response to that is to arouse and open up the airway and then allow you to breathe without having that increased resistance or partial obstruction," Dr. Omlor said.

Which means your child may be getting a disrupted night's sleep, which a study in the journal SLEEP suggests can cause hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders and behavioral issues.

"You should talk about that with your pediatrician or your family doctor to look into further problems that may be present," Dr. Omlor said.

To help children get the most out of their night's sleep, Dr. Omlor recommends parents establish a bedtime routine and be consistent with bed times and wake up times.

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