Periodic snoring in children is not unusual. But, when snoring becomes persistent and the child experiences sleep apnea, sleep quality is affected. This, in turn, can lead to problems with daytime tiredness, concentration and learning difficulties, bedwetting and delayed growth, according to researchers in Sweden.
“Children with persistent snoring often have a reduced quality of life. In particular, this applies to children who have sleep apnea,” said Gunnhildur Gudnadottir, a researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy (Sweden). “The study shows that awareness is low regarding the negative effects of breathing disturbances during sleep on children’s health and that most parents are not aware that this is something that should be investigated.”
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