Childhood Diseases

Posted by: DAVE | 2010-10-01



Good day,

I have a 6 year old daughter and lately, she has been having a short breath/quick respiration. Could this be a sigh of a heart problem, should I get worried, this happens only at nigh while she is sleeping and it comes with a long of SNOARING.

Please advise.


Expert's Reply



Yes, you should be concerned because snoring in a young child means that the child has a very blocked nose. What you describe here with your daughter's breathing pattern may be a form of sleep apnoea. Children with sleep apnoea can actually stop breathing for a few seconds due to severe nasal obstruction. Children have to have a clear and open nose to breathe properly.She may have a blocked nose due to allergies or to an infection such as sinusitis or possibly due to enlarged adenoids. She should be seen by a specialist preferably an ENT surgeon.

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