A 4-year-old Child Snores Loudly?
I am the mother of a 4-year-old child, last week my child was diagnosed with narrowing of the respiratory tract, and I forgot to ask if the diagnosis had anything to do with my son’s sleep snoring loudly, such as difficulty breathing, always waking up when I was actually sleeping. it has been months, and I feel this is unnatural, is this also related to the delay in the growth of my child, please in Java Thank you
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Snoring sound is the sound produced due to the narrowing of the airways, so that the air that comes in and out produces sounds along with the rhythm of breathing. In the sleep position, the strength (tone) of the tongue muscles will decrease and contribute to increase the airway barrier, so that the sound of snoring is relatively more audible when compared to when you wake up. This condition is medically called Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), and affects about 1-3% of children worldwide. Because it is often considered harmless, OSAS and its complications are often not detected or realized by the patient or the patient's family. Apart from children, this condition also often occurs in adults, and the incidence increases with age.
Breathing is a process that is very important to maintain oxygen supply throughout the body. One of the organs that need the most oxygen is the brain. Therefore, the existence of obstacles in the process of breathing in the long term can cause growth and development disorders, cardiovascular disorders (heart and blood vessels), behavioral disorders, and decreased quality of life, related to the condition your child is experiencing. In total airway obstruction, if left untreated can even endanger lives. Therefore, it is highly recommended to get the right treatment immediately.
Some conditions that can cause airway obstruction in children are:
Obesity. Obese children (obese) have a relatively narrower airway than other children so they have a higher risk of developing this disease. Consult with your child's specialist doctor to find out the ideal weight and height according to your child's age and gender. Enlarged tonsils (tonsils) and adenoids. Inflammation of the tonsils and adenoids (acute or chronic) is the most common condition that causes airway disorders in children. In this condition there can be enlarged tonsils and at certain sizes can inhibit the airway. Diphtheria. At an advanced stage, diphtheria infection can cause enlargement of the neck and airway obstruction. Macroglossia, or tongue size larger than normal size. Things you can do right now are:
Helps regulate lifestyles and weight loss (if excessive) It is better to sleep on your side to the side. Avoid your child from air pollution, such as cigarette smoke and vehicle fumes. I advise you to consult this regularly to your pediatrician or specialist ENT who handles your child, so that their development and treatment process can be monitored better. If needed, the doctor will suggest a number of options such as surgery (for inflammation of tonsillitis and adenoids), the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, and the use of CPAP (the help of electronic equipment to drain the air with positive pressure) at night.
You can also read other articles about Sleep Apnea at this link.
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