Study links snoring and behavioral issues in children

August 13, 2012 3:04:26 PM PDT
A new study shows there could be a link between your child's behavior and snoring.

The study found that loud, persistent snoring can be a warning sign of cognitive problems in preschool-aged children.

The researchers found that children who did not have a high quality of sleep went on to have behavioral, emotional and attention difficulties.

Researchers at University of Cincinnati asked 249 mothers to characterize whether their 2- or 3-year-old child snored once a week, two to four times per week or five-plus times per week.

Interestingly, the study also found a strong association between low socioeconomic status, breastfeeding for kids under 12 months, and higher preschool tobacco exposure among the persistent snorers.

Researchers suggest that parents and pediatricians should perform routine screening for persistent snoring, especially in those children with the above risk factors to help prevent behavioral problems down the road.

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