Published on March 5th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Snoring Babies Twice As Likely to Have Behavioral Problems Later [Study]
If your baby snores, it might be cute now- but experts say that disordered sleep breathing may lead to eventual behavioral problems.
The indicators come from a study published in the journal Pediatrics, encompassing more than 11,000 children in the UK. The kids who participated were followed for six years, beginning when they were six months old. Parents were quizzed about whether the kids exhibited what doctors call “sleep disordered breathing,” and then kids were checked in upon again at the ages of four and seven. What researchers found was that kids who had presented with apnea, snoring or related problems were twice as likely to develop behavioral issues in the future.
Study author Karen Bonuck is a professor of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City, and she says that parents should be mindful of snoring and related behaviors in light of the study:
“Parents should pay close attention to their child’s sleep, and if you think something is going on you should consult a pediatrician or a sleep specialist… We are sleeping to restore our brains, and sleep-disordered breathing interferes with that process. For kids, these are critical periods in brain development.”
Emotional, conduct and peer issues were cited as factors observed in children who presented with behavioral problems later in childhood.