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Snoring and OSA

If your child is a chronic snorer they may be suffering from more than just night time vocal vibrations- they could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea!

Snoring occurs when the muscles at the base of the throat relax during sleep, and fall lower in the air passage without blocking the flow. When your child breathes in, this causes the relaxed muscles to vibrate, and create a sound which is widely known as snoring.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat actually block the passage of air, which stops the child’s breathing momentarily. The brain then has to kick-start the breathing process in order to obtain oxygen, which wakes the child up. This can happen hundreds of times a night without any recollection from your child.

How can you help my child’s obstructive sleep apnoea?

A small amount of snoring is not unusual for a child, especially if they have contracted a cold or upper respiratory tract infection. If your child suffers from chronic snoring or you hear breaks in their breathing, it is possible your child is suffering from OSA.

Our elite surgeons will be able to conduct a clinical assessment of your child and help to decide whether they have a significant issue. Your observations are incredibly important, so be sure to keep track of your child’s night time breathing prior to your consultation. Often, the cause of OSA in children can be pinpointed to large, oversized tonsils and adenoids, however your surgeon will be able to discuss whether tonsil removal is advisable for your child.

To find out more about snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea, or to book a consultation at our Melbourne medical clinic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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