Initially, when you hear that sweet little humming sound you think it's super cute, that gorgeous little face with their mouth slightly open makes you melt, but then the concern kicks in.
Generally speaking, babies snore because their breathing airways are still narrow and small. However, it is important to remember that there could be a more serious reason as to why, and if you feel this is the case, please seek the advice of your medical professional.
Babies are likely to have some kind of build-up of mucus, the reason for this is that it acts as a sort of barries for any nasties, so it is an extra line of defense!
As a result of this build-up and your baby's breathing, they may make noises usually described as snuffling, snoring, or whistling.
Snoring in babies can usually be addressed by the right snoring solution. When your baby has a cold, that is more likely to lead to snoring. This is also the case when they have allergies or swollen tonsils or adenoids.
In general, the issue is likely to resolve itself, and as your baby grows, their airways will expand, becoming bigger and wider. This allows your baby to breathe without making noises.
If your baby has been snoring for 4 or more nights within the week, we recommend that you do see your GP or Pediatrician for further assessment.
Snoring solutions you can try
HosingIf your pediatrician approves, you can hose your infant’s nose to help them breathe more easily. Salty nasal sprays are available in most pharmacies. Squirt two or three drops of the saline solution - or as directed - once a day into your baby’s nose. The solution will help clear their nasal passages and ease breathing. You can also gently suction excess secretions by using a nasal aspirator.
Humidifying the Air
Before putting your baby to sleep, you can give them a warm bath or shower. The humidified air will help ease and loosen nasal secretions so that your baby can sleep more comfortably.
A humidifier helps to sustain a level of humidity that promotes ease of breathing. It is not a treatment for snoring but it helps your baby breathe and sleep more soundly, things like central heating tend to dry out the air so this can be a great addition to help your child sleep.
One of the features of the Glow Dreaming is a humidifier, you can check it out here!
Your baby may also snore when they have allergies, a cold, or other respiratory conditions. Make sure that you keep the surroundings free from dust, pet dander, and other allergens that may trigger such problems.
Keep your baby’s room clean and well-ventilated.
Changing Your Infant’s Sleeping Position
Your baby’s sleeping posture may trigger snoring. Research shows that a baby who sleeps on their stomach are more likely to snore compared to a baby who sleeps on their side. The latter usually sleep more quietly.
Please remember that it is better not to encourage your newborn to sleep on their stomach. They may find it difficult to turn their head to breathe when they assume this sleeping position. New studies indicate that the best thing to do is to have your baby lie on their back AND tilt their head to the side. This position will decrease the prospect of airway constriction. You can alternate tilts to the right and left sides.
When to seek additional help
If your child snores 4 nights of the week or more, they mouth breathe, or grind their teeth, these are usually always symptoms that we suggest you take your child to see your GP or specialist.
They should do a comprehensive assessment on the airways to look for any obstructions or structural issues - where obstruction exists, treatment needs to be expedient to have the best outcome for the child.
If there are structural problems behind your baby’s snoring, your GP or Paediatrician will refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist who can then determine if your baby needs further evaluation or treatment.