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Snoring is a noise that your child may make while breathing during sleep. People snore when the flow of air from the mouth or nose to the lungs makes the tissues of the throat vibrate while they sleep. This usually is caused by a blockage or narrowing in the nose, mouth, or throat (airway).
Snoring can be soft, loud, raspy, harsh, hoarse, or fluttering. You may notice that your child sleeps with his or her mouth open and that your child is restless while sleeping. If snoring interferes with your child's sleep, he or she may feel tired during the day.
You may be able to help reduce your child's snoring by making changes in his or her activities and in the way he or she sleeps.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 2/25/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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