It’s always a joy when we can actually get our kids to go to bed, isn’t it?
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re getting a good night’s sleep.
If you happen to notice that your children frequently snore, there’s no need to panic. That being said, snoring can be a sign of more serious health symptoms, including the following:
- Allergies and asthma
- Respiratory infections or enlarged tonsils as result of an infection
- Obstructive sleep apnea, which impacts nearly 3% of young children
However, there’s a strong chance that you can take care of your child’s snoring woes with some relatively simple tweaks to their sleep routine. Before you take your kids straight to the doctor, try out the following tips first and assess the situation from there.
Switch Up Their Sleeping Position
First and foremost, those of us who sleep on our backs tend to snore the most, and the same rules apply for your kids. On the flip side, sleeping on one’s stomach can be uncomfortable although such positioning is likely to ease at least some snoring.
Ideally, your child should be placed on their side to ensure easy breathing. Becoming a first-time side-sleeper, however, may take a bit of getting used to. To make the transition easier, you may want to have your child sleep with a knee pillow to get cozy on their sides.
Additionally, sometimes the bedroom can be the culprit in terms of what’s triggering your child’s breathing troubles. Allergens can hide in a variety of areas in any given room, clinging to comforters, stuffed animals and old pillows, for starters. Make sure to regularly clean your child’s bedding and consider investing in a dehumidifier to help clear the air.
Clear their Sinuses
Blocked sinuses are a rather straightforward symptom to deal with, although the severity of sinus trouble can vary from child to child. For starers, over the counter congestion and allergy medication such as Claritin or Benadryl is cost-effective and can help knock your kids out cold at night. The sleepier they are, the less likely their sleep is to be interrupted by snoring.
You also may find that your children suffer from season allergies, which may become more severe as the weather changes. In some cases, you may also want to double down with a nasal spray to clear any blocked passageways for breathing
As always, strive to make sure your children are calm and mentally prepared for sleeping versus bouncing off the walls prior to bedtime. Physical activity during the day can help wear them out at night, which ultimately helps them sleep soundly. If you do suspect something more serious in terms of your child’s breathing, don’t hesitate to visit an allergist or sleep specialist on behalf of your child to explore treatment options.
Regardless of what you do, make sure to pay close attention to your child’s sleeping routine and breathing patterns. Even the smallest changes can have a huge impact on sleep quality, so keep a keen eye out and make changes accordingly.