Aside from being a bundle of joy, an infant boy or girl is also a huge responsibility that takes up almost every waking hour. Often, the moments when the baby is sleeping is the only moment of rest that you will get as a new parent. There is something that may cause you additional distress even when your baby is fast asleep – infant snoring.
Some infant snoring can be so loud that you can hear it from another room. It is normal to be concerned if your baby acts in unexpected ways because if there is a medical issue you naturally want to seek out expert advice. Infant snoring is one of those strange and unexpected behaviors that may cause you worry, especially if it is very loud.
There are several causes of infant snoring. First, is genetics. Your baby may have inherited it from one of you. Snoring is caused by air rushing through airways in the nose and throat that are too narrow. The sound is created by the vibration in the small opening. If either or both of your have genetically small throats or nasal passages, there is a possibility that you will pass that trait on to your baby. The result is infant snoring.
Another cause of infant snoring is small throat and nasal airways caused by allergies. In fact, if your baby does snore, you would may want to visit a doctor to check your baby for allergies. Your doctor can run some tests to see if your baby is developing allergies. You can also make a point to keep your baby’ s sleeping area free of dust, mold, pet dander or other allergens. You can also use non-toxic cleaners, organic bedding and a high quality HEPA air cleaners to help your baby breathe easier.
I am always surprised when I hear mothers resist to what I am about to say. Regardless, you need to listen closely as this could be related to your baby’s snoring. You must breastfeed your baby if you are able! The healthy bacteria that your little baby’s intestines need in large quantities come from breast milk. These good bacteria are the foundation of your baby’s immune system. That’s why formula fed babies get sick more often than breastfed ones.
There is absolutely no excuse not to breastfeed a baby, unless of course you are physically unable to and that is exceptionally rare. Otherwise, no other excuse will do. If you drink, smoke, do drugs or are on antidepressants or other drugs, then don’t do these for at least the first six weeks of your child’s life so your baby can get a fair start. You’ve already been off this stuff for nine months, right?
If infant snoring is the result of the baby getting sick, then breastfeeding may solve the problem. Again, infant snoring is not something to be terribly worried about, but it is something you want to share with your doctor in case there are more serious problems accompanying it.
by Jonathan Higgins
About the Author: Jonathan Higgins writes on various health topics for several web sites. He writes on snoring issues for Treat Snoring. Jonathan likes to explore natural and safe remedies first before considering surgery or other potentially harmful solutions.
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