Snoring is a common habit in adults. However, children who snore a few times a week can be due to certain health conditions. This is stated in a study published in the journal Nature Communications.
Launching from Huffpost , the study found a link between frequent snoring and structural changes in the brain in children. This condition is also associated with behavioral problems such as hyperactivity and inattention.
The researchers looked at data from MRI brain images of more than 10,000 children ages 9 to 10 in the United States. They found that children who usually snore (three or more times per week) had thinner gray matter in several areas of their brains, including those that help regulate reasoning and impulse control.
“This is the part of the brain that is responsible for regulating behavior, for the maintenance of attention and what we call cognitive flexibility which is basically the regulation of a person’s behavior,” said study researcher Dr. Amal Isaiah, a professor of otorhinolaryngology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Frequent snoring also tends to indicate an increased severity of behavioral problems. “I can’t say there is cause and effect here,” said Isaiah.
“But from a biological perspective, if you think about snoring it means the air doesn’t flow freely. It could mean that kids wake up a lot or it could actually change the way children’s blood carries oxygen to the brain, so the brain doesn’t get enough. oxygen, “he added.
Estimates suggest that nearly 30 percent of children snore small and occasional, while between 10 percent and 12 percent of children experience primary or snoring that occurs more than two nights per week, and occurs frequently throughout the night.
“This new discovery is not the first to link snoring to brain changes and potential behavioral problems in children, but this is the largest study to date to confirm a link,” said Isaiah.
He noted that the findings reinforce guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics that parents should take children who snore seriously. “You don’t need to panic and start taking medication right now, but tell the pediatrician (about children snoring),” said Isaiah.