How common is the snoring in children?
Around 8 to 12% of children have persistent snoring on most nights, and usually the snoring is worse among children aged between 2 and 8 years old.
Consequences of children’s snoring:
A severe upper airway obstruction in children can cause learning problems and developmental delay, and growth delay. Uncorrected snoring in children may also lead to delay with speech and language development, problems with memory, problems with attention and communication.
Behavioural aspects most often seen include aggression, hyperactivity, inattention and anxiety as learning, memory and thinking are the cognitive areas most affected by snoring. Even mild airway obstruction or primary snoring can cause significant deficits, this is particularly important as 8 – 12% of all children are thought to have primary snoring