Treatment of Snoring in Children
Kids snore: It’s not just an adult problem. We would be happy to explain why the little ones snore and how orthodontists can help.
Why do Children Snore?
At night, when you take a quick look in the room to see if everything is alright, surely you have heard that your child snores. There can be different reasons for it. The little ones are still quite vulnerable, as their immune system is not yet fully developed. They quickly catch a cold, which disrupts nasal breathing and causes the child to breathe more through the mouth. However, once the infection has subsided, snoring should also decrease or even disappear on its own.
Snoring can be caused by various triggers that lead to narrowing of the upper airways:
- Enlarged tonsils
- Passive smoking
- Jaw misalignments
What Consequences can Snoring have for Children?
Basically, the following applies to children as well as adults: A restful and regenerating sleep is important for the general well-being and health. If children (and adults) cannot sleep properly because of snoring and if the body is not supplied with sufficient oxygen at night, this can have negative consequences for them:
- Concentration problems
- During the day: more tired, sleepy and listless
- Exhausted: faster than others
- Depressive mood
- Rather irritable
- Increased hyperactivity
In these cases it is necessary to find the cause of snoring and to treat it with suitable therapy options.
Which Specialists can Help Children who Snore?
As there are many different causes of child snoring, it is advisable to take an interdisciplinary approach. Here, your pediatric, ENT specialist, orthodontist and sleep physician can work together, look at the situation from all sides and ultimately develop an individual treatment plan for your child.
Consultation and Treatment of Child Snoring in our Practice “Kieferorthopädie am Südring”
Our team at “Kieferorthopädie am Südring” in Düsseldorf works closely with doctors from other disciplines. This is also fully in line with our holistic therapy approach.
Already during the early treatment we make you aware of your child’s habits such as thumb sucking. Sucking on pacifiers, thumbs or a cuddle cloth can lead to permanent malfunctions of the tongue and jaw. Here we can intervene with suitable orthodontic appliances and prevent possible snoring problems of your child.
Jaw misalignments can be relevant in connection with snoring. A receding lower jaw can narrow the pharynx, while a narrow jaw leaves hardly any room for the tongue.
In this case, we can create the necessary space for healthy and natural breathing in our practice for orthodontics in Düsseldorf with removable braces by expanding or protruding the lower jaw.
Of course we involve our young patients in every step of the examination and treatment. We are happy to answer all questions in a way that is appropriate for children, because we want your child to feel comfortable with us at “Kieferorthopädie am Südring” in Düsseldorf.