Thyme to Stop Snoring!

Thyme to Stop Snoring!

I carry an Elmo Halloween basket as my tool bag at work! The kids way prefer it to a starched white coat and the parents generally seem amused! My intangible tool bag, however, is pharmaceuticals. I make a daily concerted effort to treat illness with the right medication, and often in pediatrics, a gentle dose of time. The resources available for treatment are vast depending on the issue, but possibly only partially explored by mainstream medicine. Yesterday, more than one parent talked about nightly snoring in her child during a well visit… not secondary to a cold or presumed due to allergic rhinitis or obesity, but just chronic snoring with daytime fatigue. On exam, some nasal inflammation was present – it is Fall and both viruses and allergies abound, but otherwise the exam was normal – no gigantic tonsils or other findings that might explain soft tissue obstruction with slee…