If your child snores at night, either enlarged adenoids or allergies are the likely cause. It’s important to establish the cause, so that adenoids are not unnecessarily removed, or removed without lasting benefit to the child.

Snoring and irregular breathing may mean a child is not getting enough oxygen while sleeping.

Symptoms are:

  • Failure to thrive in infants
  • Learning difficulties
  • Hyperactivity
  • Low energy
  • Moody behaviour – easy frustration
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleepy during the day
  • Waking up grumpy


In preschoolers tiredness may be a result of sleep apnoea, but is hard to assess because sleepiness is unlikely to be a presenting problem – few parents complain about their child being too sleepy!

Sleepiness is more likely to be detected by the time a child goes to school.



Identifying food or environmental allergies and removing them can lead to a rapid improvement.

Homeopathic medicines can be given to help reduce the size of the adenoids and restore nose breathing. Improvement can usually be seen within one or two months.

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