What Causes Babies to Snore?

Does your baby snoring concern you? Are you unsure why your baby is snoring? Well no need to fear, we have collected a group of common causes for snoring babies! Some of these conditions can be more dangerous than others, but many of them have not need for concern. Most causes of baby snoring are very common and generally go away or do not affect the growth of the child.

 

What is Snoring?

The breathing process

Snoring is when parts of the upper airway obstruct the flow of air into the lungs. This can happen if parts of the upper airway are weak or have too much tissue. There are also many other causes for snoring. Snoring can lead to other, more serious conditions such as sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is when the airway is mostly, if not completely closed off when you’re asleep. This can cause you to occasionally stop while asleep. The loss of oxygen can cause a number of side effects that include dry mouth, dry throat, fatigue, and headaches.

 

Why is my Baby Snoring?

It is not uncommon for babies to snore and generally have common causes. Baby snoring is not a very large problem most of the time and is generally due to these disorders:

  • Increased fluid in airway
  • Congestion
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Nasal Septum Deviation

 

Increased Fluid in Airway/Congestion

Your baby may be snoring just due to an increased amount of fluid in their airways. This can cause a snoring sound when airpasses through the fluid. It generally has no cause for concern since babies are just starting to learn to swallow extra saliva. Sometimes, babies just have a stuffy nose due to a cold. This happens a lot for adults as well. They get sick and have a stuffy nose which causes a slight airway obstruction which causes vibrations and makes sound. Congestion in adults can also be caused by smoking.

 

Laryngomalacia

Another cause can be laryngomalacia. This is a more serious cause and is generally due to larynx tissues being weak and floppy which can intrude on the airway. Laryngomalacia can be more serious, but is not generally a call for concern unless severe symptoms occur. These symptoms can include:

  • Blue around the lips
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Choking
  • Stoppage of Breathing
  • Chest or neck sinking with breathing

 

Nasal Septum Deviation

It is also possible that the nasal septum is partially obstructing one of the nostrils. This is called nasal septum deviation. It is very common in newborns, observed in around 20% of newborns. Nasal septum deviation can be dangerous, but is generally not unless symptoms occur for extended periods of time and are severe enough.

 

Should I go to the Doctor?

Most of the time it is not necessary to take a visit to the doctor, but it never hurts to do so. If there are symptoms that are severe enough, then you should go to the doctor. Many times, baby snoring is just due to congestion and should be monitored, but not worried over.

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