Should I be worried about my baby snoring?

August 24, 2020 4 mins read
Should I be worried about my baby snoring?

Are you worried about your newborn baby snoring?

Snoring isn’t reserved for older people. It can occur in babies and young children too. In many instances, your baby is breathing loudly in their sleep which can be mistaken for snoring.

If you have established that your baby is actually snoring, learn why babies snore and how to help them with our guide to infant snoring below.

Is it normal for babies to snore?

Snoring in babies is quite common, but it is not normal. Only in extremely rare cases is it something very serious, but you should bring up any snoring or heavy breathing with your paediatrician.

It could indicate problems that need to be addressed as soon as possible like sleep apnea or allergies. Snoring and mouth breathing can also lead to other problems like chronic fatigue, behavioural problems and a false ADHD diagnosis.

What can cause babies to snore?

There are a few different causes of snoring in babies, some of which are harmless and can be easily treated at home, while others may require medical intervention.

Blocked nose

Most of the time, when a baby snores, it is because they have a stuffy nose. You can address their snoring by taking care of their nasal congestion. There are a few remedies that you can try, including using medicated drops and controlling allergens.

Some infants get blocked noses due to dairy intolerance. Other allergies that can cause snoring include dust, dog or cat dander, and pollen. You can take your baby for an allergen test and speak to your doctor for help in determining which allergens could be making their noses congested.

Deviated septum

One cause of your baby snoring could be that they have a deviated septum. A deviated septum can form during pregnancy, or an injury occurs during childbirth that moves the nasal septum out of place. It is actually quite common in newborns and is an issue that usually sorts itself out.

Laryngomalacia

Laryngomalacia is a condition that is characterised by the congenital softening of the tissues of the larynx. The larynx is also referred to as the voice box and is found above the vocal cords. Laryngomalacia is one of the most common causes of noisy breathing in babies but usually sorts itself out within the first two years of age.

How can I get my baby to stop snoring?

Once you have identified the cause of your baby’s snoring, you’ll be able to find the right solution to provide relief. Many remedies for snoring are very easy to obtain and might already be available in your own home.

Nasal sprays and drops

To help your baby breathe easier and stop snoring, you can administer nasal spray or medicated drops like saline drops. This will help clear away any mucus and congestion that causes your baby to snore.

Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to recommend the best nasal decongestant to use.

Humidifiers

Dry air can irritate the nasal passages and throat and cause snoring, so installing a humidifier in your baby’s bedroom could help provide relief.

Adjust sleep position

Try adjusting your baby’s sleeping position to see if the snoring stops. Babies are more likely to snore when they are sleeping on their backs or bellies.

It is not recommended to let your baby, especially a newborn, sleep on their side. It is best for them to sleep on their backs, even if they do snore. When your child is older, you can turn them on their side to help reduce snoring.

You can elevate your baby’s head to create a slight incline to help clear congestion. Turning your baby’s head to the side can also help, but you need to tilt their head to the other side after a few hours and then back again a few hours later, especially when they are still a newborn.

If your newborn baby is snoring at night and during naps, try the advice in this article and if the snoring persists and you are still worried, speak to your doctor about it. They will be able to assess whether you have something to be concerned about and give you advice on further possible steps to take.