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Infant Snoring and a Healthy Immune System

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?

Boost Your Child's Immune System 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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Discussion

58 Responses to “Infant Snoring and a Healthy Immune System”

  1. I never thought about breast feeding to help them stop snoring. Makes sense if they have cold or allergies since it does increase immune system.

    Posted by amy | March 1, 2009, 1:57 pm
  2. Breast feeding helps to build a stronger immunity in your baby, thereby decreases the possibility of snoring caused by sickness. I also strongly believe that breast feeding helps to reduce snoring causing allergies in babies compared to formula fed babies.

    Posted by Pat | March 26, 2009, 8:59 am
  3. thanks for sharing this wonderful tips – breast feeding that can help strengthen infant immune system

    Posted by Alan Kang | April 18, 2009, 9:14 am
  4. i couldn’t breastfeed.. i could for 6 weeks and then my milk stopped.. i tried every supplement, tea and lactation consultants… not being able to physically breastfeed is not as rare as you think… its also disappointing

    Posted by linda nitti | May 11, 2009, 7:38 pm
  5. I think there is a huge issue with infants and young children snoring. I saw a recent Finnish study that found young children that experienced snoring were more likely to end up with depression and anxiety when they got older. It also found that they had an increased risk of behavioral problems like ADD and ADHD.

    Posted by Charles | August 4, 2009, 6:57 am
  6. As the mother of a healthy child, I am positive that breatfeeding is the best source of immunity. I fed him for nearly nine months and he has never had a seriuos disease.

    Since allergies may be the cause of child snoring, breat feeding makes a lot of sense.

    Posted by Ana | August 18, 2009, 5:51 pm
  7. Thanks for a great article I have twin boy’s and didn’t realize snoring was such and issue for infants but when you think about it their airway is just the same as ours only smaller and prone to the same problems. Unlike adults though infants are not able to modify their sleep position they are reliant on their parents to do it for them. Good point about allergies and breast feeding after all what could be better than mothers milk.

    Posted by Dave | August 31, 2009, 4:11 pm
  8. Breast feeding can help strengthen infant immune system. Nice article to share.

    Posted by Addicted Onilne | November 26, 2009, 7:44 am
  9. I to also found it very difficult to breastfeed having tried every possibility. But my baby has been bottle fed for the last year and he is fine, and doesnt snore! But you have some great advice here for first time mums.

    Posted by Sally | November 26, 2009, 11:04 am
  10. This is really a great article, an eye opener to moms who got tons of excuses not to breastfeed a child.My wife patiently breastfeed our daughter hence, ours didn’t have snoring when she was as infant.

    Posted by ramiel | December 8, 2009, 7:23 am
  11. I always had problems with snoring but I never thought that it has anything to do with the immune system.
    I’m also as healthier as everyone else.

    Posted by Samuel Sawyer | December 8, 2009, 8:56 am
  12. Our baby has never snored until the other night. We still have be in with us at the moment, I woke up hearing this nosie and couldn’t work out what it was to start with. She seemed ok, fast asleep, just trying to copy her father I guess :)

    Posted by Zoe | December 10, 2009, 1:55 am
  13. Great article. According to Ayurveda, if a baby is breastfeed for one year, its immunity will be strong. Breastfeeding also improves overall health of a baby, and creates a strong emotional bond between a baby and mother.

    Posted by Chris | December 10, 2009, 5:54 am
  14. I used to think it was cute when babies snored but now uderstand it could be harmful for children and adults alike.

    Posted by Dan Mihaliak | December 10, 2009, 8:21 pm
  15. I breastfed both my sons for at least the first six months to give them a good head start on building their immunities. I don’t recall any snoring issues with either one of them. This is interesting on the possible relation between breastfeeding and snoring.

    Posted by Nancy | December 13, 2009, 8:32 pm
  16. Great blog! Thanks for the info. I myself was as snorer for years. What helped me was some stop snoring throat exercises that I found. In fact, I even wrote a review about them. Thanks again for the info.

    Posted by Sleep Apnea Solutions | December 16, 2009, 12:43 am
  17. I am a work at home mom and vow to myself that my next baby would be 100% breastfed especially now that I have read this article.Thanks for convincing me!

    Posted by Nigerian Movies | December 19, 2009, 10:48 am
  18. I agree that mothers should breastfeed their babies. It is said in discovery channel that by breastfeeding the baby, it will inherit its mother’s immune system.

    Posted by Claire | December 29, 2009, 6:42 am
  19. My younger sister just have a baby and she has been bottle fed, which actually is very popular here. They always trust the hype of imported milk on TV. Thanks for your article, I think I should let her know the benefits about breastfeed.

    Posted by Tian | December 29, 2009, 7:28 pm
  20. Thanks for the great tips you are providing on this blog. My wife is pregnant and I really find your parenting tips very useful.

    Posted by Okin from Stop Snoring Naturally | January 5, 2010, 8:32 pm
  21. I’ve been snoring(loudly!) all my life. I have no idea how to stop it and even lost a few relationships based on it.:D
    Thanks of your article and I’m looking forward for more.

    Posted by Samuel | January 6, 2010, 2:14 pm
  22. I actually have a baby that’s 8 months old that does snore, I always like to believe she got it from me since I’m a huge snorer. However I do find myself constantly cleaning more than ever to get rid of dust that may harm her immune system as well.

    Posted by Pet Society | January 7, 2010, 1:16 pm
  23. I’m not sure why there’s such a resistance among some mothers today regarding breastfeeding, but I seem to recall that earlier generations liked to think of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s baby and child care books as literal gospel. I also believe that Dr. Spock took the widespread view then that it didn’t really matter whether you breast – fed or bottle – fed your baby, just that you did it in a timely manner. Perhaps old habits die hard, at least in this case.

    Posted by Dave | January 10, 2010, 6:35 pm
  24. Glad I stumbled across this article. I have been advocating breast feeding to my friends and family. I know that mother’s milk is really good for babies and protects them from different diseases. However, I didn’t knew that infant snoring is one of them. Thanks for this.

    Posted by Susan | January 11, 2010, 5:42 pm
  25. Thank you for having such a great informational site. Learned some things that are useful. Your content and design are very well done. Breast feeding is very important to the immune system.

    Posted by Gerald | January 12, 2010, 3:14 am
  26. well mother’s milk is best suitable for any child so i advise all the mother to feed their child with own milk which is very important not only for immunity and for many other disease. good content keep it up

    Posted by priya | January 12, 2010, 2:44 pm
  27. Thank you for that article. My son snores a lot and I have not yet found any solutions to the problem. We will try your suggestions.

    Posted by ken | January 16, 2010, 4:59 pm
    • What about the difference nutritionally between breast milk and processed milk? I’m a soon-to-be mum and am quite put off by the idea of breastfeeding! Perhaps this will change once my son is born though

      Jamie

      Posted by Jamie | January 26, 2012, 9:34 am
      • Sheryl Lyon

        Hi Jamie, Thanks for writing. There is absolutely no comparison between the nutritional value of breastmilk and that of artificial milk. Breastmilk is a living food, full of probiotics, vitamins, enzymes and components that scientists have yet to identify. It is manufactured by mom’s body in the exact formula and quantity that your baby needs at that moment. It is a miraculous substance that can not be replicated (no matter how hard they try). Even if you are truly physically unable to nurse your baby for some reason, please look into milk sharing because all babies deserve human milk.

        The more you see and talk about the act of breastfeeding, the more you will see that it is not weird or gross. It is exactly what your child needs (and deserves) and it is a chance for you to hold and bond with your precious little one.

        Posted by AMBW | January 26, 2012, 6:15 pm
  28. IT is important for your baby to get enough sleep at night. Therefore choosing the right bed needs to be considered.

    Posted by ken | January 19, 2010, 12:55 pm
  29. I notice that my baby snores when she is sick – boo

    Posted by Rachel | February 5, 2010, 1:25 pm
  30. my milk never came in and my baby is perfectly healthy. breastfeeding doesnt’ work for everyone.

    Posted by tinatang | February 16, 2010, 9:19 pm
  31. My daughter is 4 weeks old, and seh makes some really noisy grunts in her sleep, while at other times she’s almost silent. She also tends to pant quite a lot. The health visitors have assured us this is normal, but you’re right – it can be extremely concerning! Still, I might request a second opinion, as I myself suffer from several allergies that affect my breathing, and I was athsmatic as a child.

    Posted by Jerry | March 1, 2010, 3:08 am
  32. I was never breastfed as a child, an I was and still am healthier then my cousins who were.

    Posted by stacy Forlenza | March 17, 2010, 1:30 pm
  33. Thanks for the post! This is very enlightening especially to us parents.

    Posted by ina | May 2, 2010, 12:53 am
  34. I have terrible snoring problems ans I have found some usefull info here to help me

    Posted by Leanne | May 4, 2010, 12:08 pm
  35. Your post is a valuable one as I was searching it. Thank you for nicer one to provided. Willing to hear you for more. Thanks

    Posted by SEO guideline | June 4, 2010, 10:39 pm
  36. Breast feeding is still the best… and i think those commercial they show in tv are all hype…

    Posted by Healthy Family | June 6, 2010, 2:16 am
  37. I think that I have twin boy’s and did not realize snoring was such and issue for infants.you think about it their airway is just the same as ours only smaller and prone to the same problems.

    Posted by Mauricio Sanghvi | June 8, 2010, 5:05 am
  38. Breastfeeding is sometimes the power of will. Even women on the right age who haven’t yet giving birth or not pregnant, and not yet been pregnant can breast feed. Lactation sometimes is psychological.

    Posted by free to air receivers | July 10, 2010, 11:38 pm
  39. Are there any natural solutions that can help my husband snoring?

    Posted by Dean | July 22, 2010, 12:53 pm
  40. hello
    Is there any natural ,medicinal or surgical cure for snoring?
    James

    Posted by James | July 22, 2010, 2:03 pm
  41. We are suggested not to drink milk close to bed time to avoid snoring, but infants should be breastfed to stop snoring :-)

    Thanks for the info

    Posted by help to stop snoring | August 13, 2010, 4:59 pm
  42. I have never heard this before, thanks for the article

    Posted by Jessica | September 4, 2010, 3:08 am
  43. I was fortunate enough to stay at home with my first 2 children. We now have 5 children so I am working now but I still made the time to breastfeed all of our children. The benefits are insurmountable.

    Posted by Michelle | October 26, 2010, 1:45 pm
  44. This is an excellent post. I wanted to know of Healthy Immune System and to say just after reading your post it really made me aware of it. Thanks again

    Posted by SEO Sri Lanka | February 23, 2011, 9:04 am
  45. Whatever…whether you like it or not, breastfeeding doesn’t work for everyone or every baby and if you can show me any statistics that show any babies that died purely from not being breastfed, I’ll see where the ‘must” comes in…. Fact is your breast milk only provides SOME immunity for as long as you are doing it. So unless you want to breastfeed a 7 yr old, most people tend to exaggerate its effectiveness with immunity. Lots of breastfed babies still get sick. Formula is effective nutrition for a baby…like it or not. And if your baby has allergies, breastfeeding or not, you’ll have to deal with that issue sooner or later. oh and no-one ‘must’ have to do anything. This was a free country last i checked.

    Posted by Appalled | March 17, 2011, 8:15 pm
  46. Hello,

    I agree with a few of the other comments in that not being able to breastfeed isn’t as rare as you stated. It’s devastating. I was unable to breastfeed and I agree – her immune system is very poor. I long to breastfeed and I cannot due to medical reasons.

    Posted by Amy | March 21, 2011, 4:07 pm
  47. I’d love to see how my baby is sleeping peacefully and deeply.

    Posted by Baby Sleep | March 28, 2011, 6:14 am
  48. Your argument for breast feeding and the positive relationship between building a strong infant immune system with brest feeding is sound and well documented, however, your lack of sensitivity towards women who do not or cannot breastfeed is shameful. Many well intentioned new moms cannot, for many reasons, breast feed their babies and so, let’s encourage them to do the next best thing and not throw stones…. Let’s hope that parents with infants listen and observe all behaviors and then talk with the child’s doctor about their concerns….

    Posted by Donna | November 3, 2011, 10:47 am
  49. omg, infant snoring? I hadn’t heard of it before.

    Btw, thanks for the link to the Boost Your Child’s Immune System book. I just read its sample and it looks awesome. Definitely gonna buy it.

    Jack.

    Posted by Jack | November 15, 2011, 12:46 am
  50. Terrible article. Poorly researched and full of theoretical opinionated drivel. Pseudoscience at its best. Fail.

    Posted by Simon | August 26, 2012, 6:08 am
  51. I agree that breastfeeding is incredibly important and I have breastfeed both my girls for two years each. However, I think your comment about there being no excuse to not breastfeed your child unless you are physically unable is very narrow minded. Some people have post partum depression so bad that it is in the best interest of both the mother and child to formula feed (although it would be best for them to try natural methods first) Also for some survivors of sexual abuse have found that breastfeeding was a trigger for them and they were not emotionally able to handle it. Again when the mental health of the mother is at risk, it can do more harm than good to breastfeed. I am a big fan of breastfeeding and always encourage and support those who breastfeed. I just think comments like that make those who have tried very hard to breastfeed but for some reason were unable to, feel ostracized and less likely to try again the next time they have a child. Please try to always look at both sides before judging.

    Posted by Jes | November 18, 2012, 6:22 pm
  52. I never heard of infant snoring? i head from one of my auncle that someone who snoring it’s unable to breath properly. is it true.

    Posted by SEO Sri lanka | June 13, 2013, 6:39 am
  53. sorry but breastfeedimg will not stop your baby from snoring! my daughter is 12 weeks and has been breastfed since birth and she snores like a trooper! you can hear her snoring downstairs. i do believe that breastmilk is best but i also think that there is nothing wrong with formula and mothers shoildnt be made to feel guilty if they dont bf. I was formula fed as a baby and I have never been ill, i dont even hardly get any colds, i have no allergies, can eat any food and i am not overweight at all.

    Posted by lyssie | June 19, 2013, 8:03 am
  54. I strongly disagree I breasted my son and he’s almost one month old and he snores and it worrys me and i would say talk to your docotor if you feel its NOT normal because i dont think breastfeeding helps the baby not snore .

    Posted by Dalia | September 12, 2013, 12:51 pm

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