A recently published Swedish population study found an increased risk of developing learning and concentration difficulties in children with persistent snoring problems, the study also found that parents were largely unaware of these risks.
While periodic snoring among children is normal, if the snoring becomes persistent or the child experiences sleep apnea (a condition which involves one or more pauses in breathing during sleep), sleep quality can be negatively affected. Reductions in sleep quality can potentially lead to learning and concentration difficulties, daytime tiredness, delayed growth, and bedwetting.
A Swedish study published at the University of Gothenburg investigated the frequency of snoring and sleep apnea in children ages 0-11 years old. The study found that 5 percent of children snored several times per week; the researchers also noticed that despite this only one third of snoring children had parents who searched for medical assistance.
The author of the study suggests that parents are generally unaware of the harmful effects that can arise in children due to breathing disturbances (snoring and sleep apnea in particular). In addition, they suggest that greater consideration should be given to presenting parents with information and resources for snoring and sleep apnea. The researchers conclude that children who experience persistent snoring and sleep apnea should seek out medical attention.
Hillgren, J. (2016). Snoring in children can affect their health. Retrieved from http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/news-calendar/News_detail/?languageId=100001&contentId=1359817&disableRedirect=true&returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gu.se%2Fomuniversitetet%2Faktuellt%2Fnyheter%2Fdetalj%2F%2Fsnarkning-hos-barn-kan-paverka-halsan.c
Written by Melissa Booker