If your baby has symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing –apnea, snoring or mouth breathing — bring it up with your pediatrician. A recent study in Pediatrics found that children with a history of these symptoms are more likely to exhibit problematic behaviors, such as hyperactivity and difficulties with peers, by age 7 than children without them. Sleep-disordered breathing interrupts sleep’s restorative process, which may lead to changes in the brain that affect behavior, says researcher Karen Bonuck, Ph.D., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx.
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