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Does Your Child Snore? It May Be the Cause of Behavioral Problems

We co-sleep. We always have. Even though we didn’t start out with that plan, that is where we ended up. And it works for our family.

My two older kids have made their way into their rooms but our youngest still shares the family bed (she is fond of the H position, in case you were wondering).

The other night as I listened to her soft snores, I wondered if she was getting a good night’s sleep. I have have studied the articles and know pretty much none of the facts. And while she sure sounded cute, I really thought to myself that snoring could not be good for her.

I told this to my husband, after which he replied, “You woke me up at 3 o’clock in the darn (not the actual word he used but this is Disney, ya’ll) morning to tell me that? REALLY?!?!” It was really a one-sided conversation but we have a lot of those. Or I guess I should say I do.

Then I read this article, Kids’ Snoring Linked to Behavioral Problems. This really kicked up my armchair doctoring and mommy (OMGISITTHATMOLECANCEROUS?) paranoia into high gear.  The article starts off:

“The more young children snore, breathe through their mouths, or stop breathing while asleep for a few seconds at a time, the more likely they are to develop behavioral problems….The worse their breathing symptoms, the greater their risk of such problems as hyperactivity, behavioral problems including aggressiveness and rule-breaking, anxiety and depression, and difficulty getting along with peers.”

Sounds scary doesn’t it? Interestingly, parents thought that snoring was a sign that their children were healthy. These parents have obviously never heard my husband. There is nothing healthy sounding about the way he saws logs. I have long thought that my husband, a chronic snorer, was not getting as restful of a night’s sleep each night because of his snoring. I have nagged asked him for years to get himself checked out.

Now that our child snores, I think the same thing. Is she getting a good night’s sleep? Is she getting all the rest she needs to function?

I find myself a little more aware and prone to think that there may some truth behind the study, although we don’t experience any of these problems with her. According to the researcher, the key here is listening to your child during their sleep.

I am not a doctor.  Nor am I qualified to dispense any medical advice although I do watch a lot of House and Google random symptoms. Only you know what is best for your child.

“The take away is that parents need to pay closer attention to their child’s breathing while they’re sleeping…If they suspect their child is showing symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing, they should ask their pediatrician or family physician if their child needs to be evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat physician or a sleep specialist.”

I might add snoring to the list of things I ask the pediatrician about during our next visit. She already knows to schedule double time with us because mommy has lots of questions. She loves us anyway.

Read more from Stacie on The Divine Miss Mommy.

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