Neurobehavioral Implications of Habitual Snoring in Children

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OBJECTIVE Current guidelines for the treatment of children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) suggest that primary snoring (PS) in children is benign. However, PS has not been well evaluated, and it is unknown whether PS is associated with serious morbidity. This study investigated whether PS is associated with neurobehavioral deficits in children. METHODS Parents of 5- to 7-year-old snoring children in public schools were surveyed about their child's sleeping habits. Children with a history of snoring and nonsnoring children were invited for overnight polysomnographic assessment and a battery of neurobehavioral tests. Only children who did not have a history of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and were not considered hyperactive by parental report were tested. RESULTS Children with a history of snoring, an obstructive apnea index of

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  • L. M. O'Brien

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