Snoring and sleep apnea is not just an adult problem anymore. With today’s growing child obesity epidemic, your child’s snoring may lead to depression, acting out, and learning disabilities. According to researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center studied 249 children, who distributed questioners to parents and guardians regarding the sleeping habits of their little ones, children who snored twice per week or more at the ages of 2 and 3 had more behavioral problems than children who did not snore at all, or who snored at 2 or 3 but not both ages. The study also showed that shorter duration of breast-feeding and lower socioeconomic status were the top precursors to persistent snoring. Loud snoring is abnormal at any age, and children who snore should be evaluated for breathing problems. According to Dr. Dean Beebe, director of the hospital’s neuropsychology program, consistent snoring affects behavior through poor sleep quality and bad air passage. The part of the brain that controls the mood is not rested adequately and does not get enough oxygen, causing irritability, mood changes, and behavioral problems. Breast feeding, particularly over long periods of time, seemed to be the most significant factor in protecting toddlers against persistent snoring.
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