It is fairly common for parents to notice that their small baby snores. This is usually due to the secretions that often rest in the back of their throat. The vibrating snoring sound is caused when their immature tiny air passages become clogged with the secretions.
When a baby starts to grow larger, a widening and growth will occur to their air passages. As a result, by the time they have reached 6 months of age, the snoring will generally cease. The same is not true when it comes to toddlers and snoring.
If a toddler seems to continuously have problems with sicknesses like allergies, the common cold, or the flu, snoring that accompanies these problems is quite normal. This is what physicians refer to as occasional snoring.
However, if parents notice that the snoring continues when they are not sick and it is becoming much more frequent, a physician should be consulted. This is simply a precautionary measure that will help to ensure that a serious health condition called sleep apnea is not the underlying issue that is causing the snoring.
It is not uncommon for a toddler with sleep apnea to wake up quite a few times during the night, as this condition is known for disrupting normal sleep patterns. As a result of the constant interruption of their sleep, parents may notice a decrease in the amount of energy that they normally have.
Other symptoms that can also occur include problems with their behavior, irritability, and frequently having spells of a cranky disposition. Problems like this are due to the sleep deprivation that sleep apnea is so well known for causing.
There are also some long-term problems that can occur due to the inadequate amount of sleep that sleep apnea causes in toddlers. A toddler with mental health and memory retention that is not up to par can tend to result in problems with learning.
This is usually a problem that parents will notice when their child reaches the age that they can start pre-school. According to information obtained from several experts, the peak at which snoring can cause harm to the development of a child is between three and six years old.