Snoring, apnoea and ENT symptoms in the paediatric community

Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1996 Apr;21(2):130-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2273.1996.tb01316.x.


This study was designed to determine the prevalence of snoring and assess the extent of associated ENT symptoms in children up to 10 years of age. A questionnaire was presented to the parents of 245 children chosen at random from the General Practice list of the town of Frome, Somerset, UK. The prevalence of snoring was found to be 27%. This increased to 47% in the presence of an upper respiratory infection. Snoring was found to be significantly (P < 0.001) associated with a history of poor hearing, restless sleep, and having a cold. Less significant (P < 0.01) associations occurred with parental smoking, eczema, sleep talking, moving around the bed at night, sore throats, having a runny nose and mouth breathing. Snoring is a common symptom in children up to 10 years of age. Without evidence of other ENT disease the snoring child does not require referral to an ENT department for further investigation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Common Cold / epidemiology
  • Eczema / epidemiology
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Hearing Disorders / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mouth Breathing / epidemiology
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Parents
  • Pharyngitis / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / epidemiology
  • Rhinitis / epidemiology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / epidemiology*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Snoring / epidemiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires