As it turns out, there are also other factors that could predispose your child to snoring, according to a 2013 study on over 23,000 children from 14 countries in Asia Pacific, aged from birth to 36 months.
For one, the study found that Asian children had a lower prevalence of habitual snoring than their Caucasian counterparts. Two, boys were more likely to have habitual snoring than girls – as did a shorter breastfeeding period.
Yet, rather ironically, Asian parents reported to have greater bedtime difficulties, which could be the result of a lack of a bedtime routine or one that isn’t consistently enforced.
This is seen in the larger proportion of children in Asian countries who take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep compared to those in Caucasian countries, said Assoc Prof Goh, who co-authored the paper published in Journal Of Paediatric And Child Health. “The overall parental perception of their children having a sleep problem is higher in Asian countries compared to Caucasian countries.”
He added that “the findings are observational and do not reveal the reasons or explanations (behind the snoring)”. “Nonetheless, it is interesting that the whole study does unveil significant racial/cultural differences in many aspects of sleep in young children,” he said.