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Snoring Among Preschoolers May Spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E

By April 19, 2009

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In a recent study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, children who snore at least once or twice per week are more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as attention and language problems.

Finnish researchers evaluated preschoolers who were three to six years old, 43 of whom snored and 46 of whom did not. They discovered that 22 percent of snoring children had mood problems severe enough to warrant clinical evaluation, including anxiety and depression, compared to 11 percent of children who did not snore.

Brain function tests showed significant differences between the two groups, including decreased attention and language skills among the children who snored. In addition, the snorers were more likely to have other sleep problems, including nightmares, somniloquy, and difficulties going to bed.

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January 2, 2010 at 10:36 pm
(1) Jsm says:

My preschooler has a deviated septum and just had a sleep study. His behavior changed dramatically literally overnight. He snore has sinus infections for weeks on end and now requires evaluations because of school issues with attention and behavior . He was so different before he fell and hit his nose . We are awaiting the sleep study results but the ENT said they would need to see severe apnea to risk fixing the nose . I would rather risk it than have him suffer at school and throughout childhood.. We see a dramatic difference .. He is exhausted, mean, weepy, defiant. I hope the sleep study shows something helpful!

June 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(2) Evan says:

Have they figured out how the snoring is effecting kids? I also have a child with a deviated septum. I have been waiting to get it fixed but if this is the case, I think I will have it done soon.

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