Slower learning ability in snoring babies.
Babies that frequently snore have been found to be slower at developing motor and cognitive skills.
To help them stop snoring, children as young as one are getting their tonsils removed, as research suggests the night-time behavoir can slow their learning.
Four Hundred Fifty Adelaide babies were tested by the UniSA Centre for Sleep Research. They tested the motor and cognitive development skills three times in their first year of life. They found that those who were frequent snorers didn’t perform as well at the ages of six months and one year.
A researcher at the centre, Dr Mark Kohler, has said previous studies on snoring tended to focus on it’s potential impact on older children.
He said, “The results are worrying because infancy is such a critical period of brain development.”
He also says that snoring increases stress chemicals in the body and reduced the quality sleep, which in turn makes it difficult to learn and remember things.
He said, “It’s frequent snoring that can cause problems, and this is usually classed as three or more nights a week.”
The removal of tonsils and adenoids, Dr Kohler said, which when removed can make a bigger airway and help babies breathe, was increasingly happening at a younger age.
He said, “We’re now treating children as young as one.”