In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that links snoring to behavioral issues in young children.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
Does your child have behavior problems or hyperactivity and if so, would you have ever guessed that behavior was linked to snoring?
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York studied 11,000 children from birth to seven years old and found that youngsters who were affected by sleep breathing problems were between 40 and 100 percent more likely to develop neurobehavioral problems by the age of seven.
Problems such as hyperactivity and conduct issues occur because of decreases in oxygen levels and increases in carbon dioxide in the brain, interrupting the restorative processes of sleep or disrupting the balance of various brain chemicals.
These findings provided the strongest evidence to date that sleep breathing problems can have serious behavioral consequences for children, and parents and pediatricians should be paying closer attention to sleep-disordered breathing in young children, perhaps as early as the first year of life.
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