Babies usually smile, get scared or groan in their sleep, which is quite normal. But baby’s sleep behaviours as frequent snoring, breathing problems during sleep can be an indication of serious health problems.
According to a study, snoring of children on a regular basis, at least four nights in a week, may indicate serious health issues. The health issues may include reduced attention, higher levels of social problems, anxiety, etc.
"Breathing is an automated process, controlled by the brain. By monitoring chemical levels in the blood, the brain can work out if the breathing is working properly," Kidspot quoted ENT expert David McIntosh as saying.
There can be many reasons behind children snoring, and not all of them are cause of concern.
McIntosh found that if signals received by brain indicate something is wrong, The brain in order to compensate can change the rate of breathing.
"The problem of airway obstruction [which is what happens when you are snoring though is that even if the brain recognises there is a problem, increasing the effort of breathing achieves very little," he added.
"Furthermore, blockage to breathing results in oxygen levels in the blood dropping.
This is something the brain does not like very much.
"Through his research and through observing children who habitually snore, McIntosh has seen evidence of reduced attention, higher levels of social problems and anxiety, depressive symptoms, cognitive dysfunctions, memory problems and problems with thinking through things logically.
A larger study was conducted in which 1,000 children were analysed over a period of six years. In the study it was found that children who snored breathed from their mouth or had sleep apnoea had higher probability of developing behavioural issues given above, , and were 50 to 90 percent more likely to develop ADHD-like symptoms than normal breathers.