Q : Is it common for a 5 mths coming to 6 mths baby to snore when sleep ?
A : The prevalence of frequent snoring among infants is estimated to be between 5-10%, which is fairly common. However, it should not be taken as normal, as a significant proportion of children who snore have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which is a condition where a child stops breathing intermittently during sleep. OSA in a child may negatively affect growth, learning and IQ, as well as behaviour development. As it is not possible to diagnose OSA based on symptoms alone, all children who snore frequently should be evaluated by a paediatrician experienced in sleep problems in children.
About the Author
Dr Theodric graduated from the National University of Singapore. He is an accredited paediatrician with a Master Degree in Paediatric Medicine and a member of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (UK). He was conferred his Fellowship in the Academy of Medicine of Singapore in the field of Paediatric Medicine in 2015. He has a special interest in childhood respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies and chronic cough, as well as childhood sleep issues.
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Dr. Theodric Lee
Special interest in respiratory and sleep
Thomson Paediatric Centre