Infants and Toddlers who snore are more likely to develop behavior problems later in life. According to a new study, this new link could provide new insight and possible treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The study out of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, found children with sleep-disordered breathing were almost twice as likely to have behavior issues at age 7.
Doctor David Slamowitz at the Sleep Well Center in Denver says the symptoms of snoring could be a sign of a bigger problem.
“It`s not only that the snoring happens its what`s happening as the air gets down to the lungs. Is there enough air getting into the lungs or not?” he says. “That can affect the growth of the brain and ultimately affect brain function.”
Not all children who snore are unhealthy but Dr. Slamowitz says parents need to pay attention to the symptoms.
“The ones they should be concerned about are the ones who are snoring plus something else. Abnormal behavior, hyper activity problems focusing,” Dr. Slamowitz says.
And the cure could be as simple as a common outpatient procedure.
“The standard of care in terms of addressing snoring and sleep disordered breathing would be having a tonsillectomy. That’s when they take their tonsils out. “
Another common link to snoring is obesity. Children who are obese may also have constricted airways in their throat that could lead to disordered breathing.