Snoring is not limited to adults, you may be surprised to know but it’s true, new born babies and infants too are noisy breathers. Snoring in new born babies is not uncommon. Many babies during their infancy snore because of their narrow airways and too much collection of secretion in the nose.
The air that the baby breathes has to pass through the narrow nostrils.While passing the air produces vibratory sound that we all hear as snoring. It occurs due to vibration of the delicate tissues present in the air passage. Most often snoring is not significant health issue for the baby and it gradually subsides as the air passage of the baby grows. As the baby starts growing, he is able to swallow the mucus that gets congested in the nose and airways.
However, sometimes snoring of a new born baby can be due to an underlying health problem. Consult a pediatrician if your baby’s snoring continue or worsen or interferes in breathing.
What Causes A Newborn To Snore?
There are several causes why the new born makes this vibrating noise. Most often it is caused due to blockage of the narrow nasal passage filled with mucus. The air that the baby breathes has to pass through the obstruction and while doing so it exerts pressure on the tiny delicate tissues in the airways which produces this sound which we refer to as snoring.
There are more concerning issues in new born babies that may produce snoring. Sleep apnea is one such condition. Sleep apnea is condition characterized by brief disruption of breathing during sleep. It can produce loud snoring. Sleep apnea is not only a disease of adults it can also occur in babies. Especially premature babies have underdeveloped air passage and respiratory tract. Premature babies after birth may find difficulty in breathing while sleeping. Usually such babies having difficulty in breathing are well monitored in the hospital before they go home.
Sometimes deviated nasal septum can be the cause for baby’s snoring. It is a condition in which the bone between the two nostrils is deviated to one side. This causes obstruction in the air flow in one of the nostrils. It can lead to noisy breathing in babies. Although adenoids and enlarged tonsils can cause snoring in older children, it is uncommon in newborn baby.
Snoring can also result from a laryngomalacia. It is a condition where the tissue surrounding the voice box is soft. The cartilage that keeps the air passage open is not fully developed. However, over a period of time the cartilage gets mature and snoring gradually diminishes. According to some researchers, the possibility of new born baby to snore is more if his or her parents have history of snoring.
How To Stop My Newborn From Snoring?
Snoring in new born babies is generally not a major health issue and it subsides once the mucus secretion becomes clear from the air passage. However, if the baby has labored breathing, he may need treatment as this may affect his overall growth and development. In a longer perspective it can lead to poor weight gain, ADHD, obesity, nightmares etc as the baby grows older.
There are some simple home remedies that can clear the nasal secretion. When the baby’s nose feels stuffy, put one or two nasal saline nasal drops in the blocked nostril. Suck out the soft secretion from the nose using a nasal applicator having a rubber tube at one end and a pressure bulb at the other. It helps to clear the nose.
Use a warm mist vaporizer in the room where your baby sleeps. It keeps the air humid so that the baby can breathe easily. Also keep the baby’s room clean and free from dust particles and other allergens such as animal dander etc.