Snoring Children Linked To Behavioral Problems, Study Says

By on Aug 14, 2012 in Health, Parenting, Science, United States, World Comments

Snoring children who snore loudly and persistently at least twice a week are more likely to be associated with behavioral problems, a new study published online in Pediatrics claimed.

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According to Dr. Dean Beebe, PhD, lead author of the study and the director of the neuropsychology program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as quoted in the reports on August 13, 2012, these behaviors include hyperactivity, depression and inattention.

Reports said that Dr. Beebe and colleagues at Cincinnati Children’s studied 249 children. The children’s moms were surveyed about the sleep and behaviors of their kids. The study showed that children who snored loudly at least twice a week at the age of 2 and 3 had more behavior problems than children who either do not snore or who snored at 2 or 3 but not at both ages.

The study was said to be the first of its kind. Persistent, loud snoring reportedly occurs in about one of every 10 children.

“The strongest predictors of persistent snoring were lower socioeconomic status and the absence or shorter duration of breastfeeding,” Dr. Beebe reportedly said.

“This would suggest that doctors routinely screen for and track snoring, especially in children from poorer families, and refer loudly-snoring children for follow-up care. Failing to screen, or taking a ‘wait and see’ approach on snoring, could make preschool behavior problems worse. The findings also support the encouragement and facilitation of infant breastfeeding,” Dr. Beebe was quoted as saying.

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