A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage that separates the nasal cavity is off-center. Reports say it’s a common condition: approximately 20% of newborns have it .
Note that many babies who have a deviated septum do not experience any signs and symptoms. Still depending on the deviation, this condition might cause breathing issues and even congestion.
Swollen or Large Tonsils and Adenoids
Baby snoring might also happen due to large or swollen tonsils and adenoids, organs found at the back of the throat.
You see, when the tonsils and adenoids are larger than usual or swollen due to an infection (tonsillitis, etc.), airflow may be interrupted and cause snoring.
While many cases of enlarged tonsils and adenoids do not lead to symptoms, some children might prefer breathing through their mouth . Parents should take note of mouth breathing because it might interfere with the baby’s feeding.
Meanwhile, if it’s due to infection, parents should observe for other symptoms such as fever.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Finally, baby snoring might also be due to sleep apnea, a condition where breathing involuntarily stops for brief periods during sleep.
In infants, possible causes of OSA include:
- Laryngomalacia or the inspiratory collapse of laryngeal tissues.
- Narrowing of the posterior nasal airway (choanal atresia)
- Cleft palate
- Subglottic stenosis
Generally, baby snoring is normal and nothing to worry about. If it’s just the way your baby breathes, and you notice no other symptoms, chances are your little one is just fine.
However, snoring could also be a sign of an underlying issue that needs treatment. If you’re concerned, film your baby during sleep and then show the video to their doctor.
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