New research from Monash University reveals the disturbing findings that children who snore are at a greater risk of long-term cardiovascular, neurocognitive and behavioural implications.
It’s the lower oxygen levels during the night that can affect a child’s cardiovascular and neurocognitive abilities, which the new research wants to bring to light.
The research found that school-aged children (7-12 years) had:
- Increased blood pressure of 10-15 mmHg
- Increased reports of poor behaviour
- Reduced intellectual ability
Currently using MRI scans and direct non-invasive measurements of oxygen levels in the brain, Professor Horne is determining whether there are more subtle effects of oxygen deprivation happening in the brains of children who snore, affecting blood pressure and behaviour.
With approximately 1 million Australian children snoring (the most common cause of childhood snoring of enlarged tonsils and adenoids), Monash University Professor Horne has warned parents snoring is not a harmless process their kids will outgrow and hopes the study will convince more parents to have their children checked and treated before the damage is done.
Dangerous dreams: new Monash research reveals the health consequences of children’s snoring. http://www.monash.edu/news/articles/dangerous-dreams-new-monash-research-reveals-the-health-consequences-of-childrens-snoring