Ask about snoring in preschoolers

Snoring is common. Estimates suggest that up to 20% of children will snore at some stage, with the peak incidence occurring in the preschool years.

About 2–3% of children will have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), most commonly as a result of adenotonsillar hypertrophy, and while only a subset of snorers (approximately 10%) have OSA, in terms of prioritising intervention, it is important that those children clearly having apnoeas are treated promptly.

Many perceive snoring as ‘cute