LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Think of snoring as a problem that increases with age, but did you knows that is fairly common among children? In fact, snoring is the second most common reason for kids to have their tonsils removed.
Dr. Joehassin Cordero is a surgeon at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He joined us in our segment HealthWise at five to give us a preview of Tuesday's Community Medical School. His class is called, "To Sleep or Not to Sleep, that is the Question."
In children, he says, sometimes the problem is the tonsils are simply too big." The size itself can be the cause making it difficult to breath at night. They gasp for air. I ask the parents on a scale of one to 10 what do they snore? If they say 7, that's the key. Usually if they snore higher than a seven, that's when we start worrying about it," says Dr. Cordero.
Dr. Cordero says that when they have removed tonsils in kids who were previously misdiagnosed as ADHD, the snoring disappeared and their grades improved. But he's not just talking about little ones who snore Tuesday night.
If you'd like to learn more about snoring or any of the other classes that remain in this spring semester of Community Medical School, call (806) 743-2008.