Paediatrics, the medical journal, has conducted a new study which is frightening parents whose children snore. It was discovered that if a child snores at the age of two or three it is more likely that they will have behavioural problems when older. Problems could include attention disorders, depression and hyperactivity. One of the things that could affect against snoring and later problems is breastfeeding.
The study gathered data from 250 mothers who were asked to answer questionnaires about their children’s snoring and to complete assessments on behavioural habits of the same children. The surveys showed that those children snoring loudly at least twice a week when aged two or three had worse behaviour scores than those who never snored or had stopped by the age of three.
The study’s authors came to the conclusion that when a toddler snores it could be a form of sleep apnoea meaning the child will stop breathing for seconds. This creates disordered breathing which may affect learning and neurological development.
As the study received data via a self-reporting method from the mothers, no objective date, such as the child’s oxygen levels, was recorded. This means that the study could not tell if any behavioural problems were caused by significant enough snoring that would cause a major lack of oxygen getting to the brain of if it were simply a case of the child becoming too tired.
The survey found that other factors predicting snoring in a child ere exposure to smoke, lower socio-economic status, breastfeeding for a shorter time and race. While snoring is not unusual in toddlers, if they do not have a respiratory or sinus infection a child should not snore chronically.
This Article for children to snore chronically in the absence of respiratory or sinus infections.