Snoring Tots May Face Future Behavioral Problems, Study Says

by Chris Curley on August 16, 2012

The innocent-sounding snores of your sleeping toddler could be an early warning sign of future behavioral issues, MyHealthNewsDaily reported Aug. 13.

Children who snore regularly at ages two and three are three-and-a-half times more likely to have behavioral problems than those who don’t snore or do so only during one of those years, a new study led by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center says.

“It’s not like in the cartoons, where snoring is what signifies sleep,” says researcher Dean Beebe, Ph.D. Snoring is a sign of breathing trouble, whether because of allergies, enlarged glands, sleep apnea, or some other issue. This can lead to chronic poor sleep, which in turn can cause behavioral issues.

Parents should recognize snoring as a sign of potential trouble, even though “bad sleep, to most parents, is the stuff that disrupts the parents’ sleep,” Beebe says.

The study appears in the September 2012 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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