Still more evidence that breathing is important for children (in this case, during sleep). A new study published in Pediatrics yesterday, it was reported that symptoms of snoring, mouth breathing, and pauses in breathing during sleep in children as young as 6 months of age were associated with behavioral and emotional difficulties in later childhood. This held true even in children in whom the symptoms subsequently resolved.
The bottom line: if your child is snoring, gasping, choking, or stopping breathing during sleep, PLEASE discuss this with your doctor.
Dennis Rosen, M.D.
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