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Children's Snoring Carries Unexpected Risks

Children's Snoring Carries Unexpected Risks

(ePharmaNews) – Snoring is often linked in our minds to respiratory problems of adults, while children' snoring is often received as a cute lovely phenomenon. This misleading concept should be changed as long-term consequences can result from this disorder during childhood, a new study says.

The study which was published in Pediatrics is not the first to link behavioral issues to troubled breathing during sleep.
"We didn't invent the association," said lead researcher Karen Bonuck, at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
But the work by her team, which followed more than 13,000 children from infancy to the age of seven, is the largest study yet to examine the issue, she added.

Overall, Bonuck's team found, children with sleep-disordered breathing at any time were more likely to develop symptoms of behavioral or emotional disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or anxiety, by age seven.
About 13.5 percent had such symptoms at age seven, versus just over eight percent of children who'd been free of sleep-disordered breathing.
The researchers couldn't say for sure whether all of those children had outright disorders, such as ADHD, since their results are based on a screening questionnaire given to parents. The children would have to be further evaluated to get a diagnosis, Bonuck said.
In addition, it's not certain that the breathing problems are directly to blame.
But Bonuck said the researchers did factor in a range of variables that could help account for the link, such as parents' income and education, race, birth weight and whether their mothers smoked during pregnancy.
"Even considering all those variables, overall, sleep-disordered breathing seemed to have the strongest effect," Bonuck said.
Among the worst-case children, for example, sleep-disordered breathing was linked to a 72 percent increase in the risk of behavioral and emotional symptoms at age seven, even with other factors considered.
Bonuck stressed that nobody is saying that sleep-disordered breathing is the whole story and advised parents not to panic.

It is worth mentioning that snoring during childhood can be related to a variety of conditions such as obesity, chronic tonsillitis and small mouth or nose, anyway, professionals have their own ways to correct these situations and help our children to have quiet sleep and help us to have a quiet life.

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