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Can snoring impact on your child’s intellect?

Do you have a snoring child? Your child’s intellect may be suffering due to their night-time shenanigans. How so? Well, the combination of a lack of oxygen and the resultant fatigue can lead to:

- Developmental delays
- Behavioural problems
- Poor memory
- A lack of concentration
- Low frustration tolerance
- Poor impulse control
- Problems with executive functioning, such as problem solving, concentration and general intelligence.
- Stunted growth (in severe cases)

In fact, the effect of night-time snoring can be so influential, as to permanently impact on your child’s IQ and further education. Where a child’s snoring might previously been seen as funny or amusing, we are now learning that even mild breathing problems can significantly impact on your child’s daytime performance. It is also speculated that around two percent of children who snore suffer from unrecognised obstructive sleep apnoea.

These conclusions were drawn from a study conducted on more than 100 children between the ages of seven and twelve who presented with sleep disorders. This group was compared to a control group of children who have no sleeping problems and the difference in their cognitive abilities was startling. It is believed that the lack of oxygen in the children with sleeping problems may be linked to what is termed ‘neuronal death’. This study is now being continued on a group of children between the ages of two and five.

So how do you get your child to quit snoring and get a decent night’s sleep? In many cases it helps to remove a child’s adenoids and tonsils, although there are cases in which other snore remedies (like nasal sprays or breathing apparatus) may be required to help them breathe when sleeping. If the problem is identified early on, the damage can be minimised or even prevented.

Snoremate - 06 Sep 2010