Kids With Sleep-Disordered Breathing At Increased Risk For Behavioral Problems.

MedPage Today (4/2, Bankhead) reports, “Children with sleep disordered breathing (SDB) are at significantly increased risk of behavioral problems, including hyperactivity, attention problems, aggressiveness, and reduced social competency,” according to a 263-child study published in the April issue of the journal Sleep. “As compared with children who had no history of sleep disordered breathing, those with the condition were seven times more likely to meet cutoff scores on a validated index of behavioral symptoms and for the hyperactivity subscale,” the study found. In fact, “sleep disordered breathing doubled and tripled the odds of threshold scores on most assessments, including social interaction, communication, self-care, and adaptive behavior, Michelle M. Perfect, PhD, of the University of Arizona in Tucson, and co-authors reported.”

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— “Sleep Disordered Breathing Takes Toll on Kids, “Charles Bankhead, MedPage Today, April 1, 2013.

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