12 percent of children snore whereas another 2 percent suffer from sleep apnoea. Obstruction of the airways is often a major cause of sleep apnoea and snoring. Other causes are:
- Inhaling smoke and other foreign particles.
- Allergic reactions such as to certain foods, pollen and dust may lead to obstructed airways.
iii. Throat infections
- Tonsillitis may block the upper airways.
- Epiglottitis hinders airflow to the lungs.
vii. Enlarged adenoids make it hard to breathe.
viii. Infections such as viral and bacterial infections may cause snoring as well as injuries.
- Asthma causes inflammation of the airways restricting airflow.
When snoring and sleep apnoea are left undiagnosed and untreated, they may lead to far reaching health consequences e.g. compromised growth in children.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.