When I first observed that my 7-year old daughter was snoring, I could not believe my ears. She was too young to snore, I told myself, shocked and worried that this could be something that started longer than it should be. I am a single mom of two beautiful daughters, the snoring one and a five-year old. I have to feed and support my kids, and they were both attending pre-schools. I currently have two jobs and these are eating my time away from my daughters. There are times that I have to leave them to my parents’ care. They never told me anything about snoring though.
I heard her snoring one night after a very energized play at the park one Saturday afternoon. She really got herself tired from all the running and laughing with me and her sister. We really enjoyed times like those because I was always busy with my jobs. When I was walking towards her bedroom, I could already hear a loud noise coming from inside. I went in to see her sleeping with the irritable sounds coming from her. I was instantly worried. Snoring is usually experienced by adults, but here my kid is snoring loudly almost the same as a college student.
I phoned my dad and asked him about it. He said he didn’t know, and confirmed that my mom did not know anything about it too. They were getting worried to. My dad suggested that we should talk to a doctor about it if it really bothers me, so I thought that was a good idea. I’d rather be safe than sorry, I told him. He contacted the family doctor for an appointment, and the doctor said he was available two days from that day. I agreed. The next day, I informed my bosses that I had to take my daughter for a check-up so I wouldn’t be around the next day. Luckily, they understood my plight.
On the day of the appointment, I talked to my 7-year old about snoring, but she said she had no idea about it. She was quite embarrassed at first, because she was a girl and she was too young for that. She had heard her granddad snoring when she was younger, and she knew how terrible it sounds. Suggesting to her a check-up was easy because she wanted the snoring to go away. That afternoon, our family doctor arrived at our front porch.
The doctor examined my kid then asked us some questions about her how she sleeps, how she feels every time she wakes up, throughout the day, and if she abruptly awakes at night several times. I had little knowledge about her sleeping patterns so she had to do almost all of the answering. After the interview, the doctor said it was sleeping apnea. He told us that we should do some sleep training and that we will need an anti-snoring device just to be safe. I asked the doctor if the devices are safe for children, and he assured me that they are. He gave us a prescription for a mandibular advancement device specifically for children and told us where we could buy one. We did as we were told, and we bought one for my kid at a very cheap price. I was so glad that we acted on this problem at a very early time. My kid was happy too because she really didn’t want to snore anymore. At present, she sleeps next to me and doesn’t snore one bit. I hope that my other daughter won’t ever experience snoring, but at least we know what to do when it happens.