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Kids' Snoring Linked to Behavior Issues

August 20,2012
Erin Dower

Does your little one snore? It's far cuter than your hubby sawing logs, so you probably don't think too much of it. But a new study by Cincinnati Children's Hospital shows that children who snore persistently at age 2 and 3 are 3.5 times more likely to have behavioral problems like aggression and hyperactivity. And that's not cute!

The study examined 249 mother-child pairs. Of the children who snored throughout years 2 and 3 of their life, 35 percent showed behavior issues, compared with just 10 percent of non-snorers who displayed a noticeable naughty side. (Moms were interviewed and kids were observed over time for the study.)  

The researchers found that the tots who weren't breastfed were more likely to snore, and being from a lower socioeconomic background also meant a higher likelihood of snoring. Those kids may face more colds and allergies, which contribute to snoring.

Snoring indicates trouble breathing during sleep, therefore low-quality sleep. And, as you know, poor sleep can lead to a grouchy, punchy wild child -- so the study's findings are no surprise. If your youngster persistently snores, discuss the possible causes and sleep solutions with your pediatrician.

As Dean Beebe, the lead author of the snoring study, said: "Bad sleep, to most parents, is the stuff that disrupts the parents' sleep." But your little one's adorable light snoring habit could have behavioral affects that you don't even realize. So stay tuned-in and help your child catch some quality zzzzzzzzzzzzs.

These sleepytime tips and tools can help: