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My snoring child.

Many children that snore appear to have enlarged pharyngeal lymphoid tissue--adenoids and tonsils. A recent study found that the tissue growth pattern is different in snorers versus non-snorers.

Head MRIs of 149 non-snoring kids aged 1 to 16 years were analyzed for adenoid and tonsil size and growth patterns. The same was done for 33 snorers. In the non-snorers, the tissue growth continued until around eight years of age and then stopped. In the snorers, the tissue growth continued past age eight, resulting in narrowing of the pharyngeal area and continued snoring.

This growth pattern may explain why most snoring children stop before age ten.

The Journal of Pediatrics, 01/13

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Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
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Date:Jan 1, 2013
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