Is Snoring Hereditary?

Research shows that a child with at least one snoring parent is three times more likely to snore than are children without snoring parents.

Further studies indicate that other risk-factors for snoring in children include the presence of allergies, asthma, or obesity.

Snoring in children is often an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that causes the sufferer to stop breathing periodically during sleep because of airway obstructions.

Children with obstructive sleep apnea are prone to emotional and behavioral problems resulting from constantly disturbed sleep.

In addition, if apnea is left untreated, it can increase blood pressure, lower blood-oxygen levels, make the child's heart work harder, and cause a greater occurrence of heart attacks and strokes.

Researchers encourage parents of children who snore to check with their pediatrician to see whether the snoring child should be screened for obstructive sleep apnea.

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