Updated: May 24, 2020
If you take this question to your pediatrician or family doctor you may be told, that it is "common" for your baby or child to snore, so not to worry, right? Just because something is "common", does not mean that it is normal or healthy.
Sadly it IS common to have a child that snores, and good solutions to this problem are not widely discussed yet. Adding to this, many doctors and pediatricians are not educated on the dire long term effects of airway issues such as snoring and mouth breathing. Addressing childhood snoring will help prevent many chronic health issues such as asthma, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, heart disease, dementia, gum disease, and more.
We as a culture have normalized snoring, from cartoons and TV shows making fun of snoring characters, to dear old dad, snoring away in the recliner. But is it normal? Think about the sound that you are hearing during a snore...that sound is the airway either getting clogged or collapsing. This obstruction in airflow causes a lack of oxygen for a child's growing brain and puts increasing stress on their system.
If your child is snoring or mouth breathing, educate yourself on the subject and build a team that will help you seek solutions to this problem. Find airway advocates in your area such as functional dentists and physicians, myofunctional therapists, lactation consultants, and pediatric chiropractors and bodyworkers.
Yes, this is time consuming. It can have its frustrations and ups and downs. But the fact is...your child not getting enough air while they are sleeping is a huge issue, and momma/dadda...you have the power to do something about it!
Questions? Reach out to me on my page: www.fixmybreathing.com, check out my Instagram at @MyoAirway
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