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Sleep Apnea and Allergies – Children that Snore often have Parents that Snore

April 11th, 2006

Sleep Apnea and Allergies – Children that Snore often have Parents that Snore

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Children are at a three times higher risk for snoring if one of their parents snores.  Researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center also found that children that test positive for allergies are two times more often snore while sleeping.  The study was first published in the April issue of the journal called CHEST. 

"We found that snoring was associated with presence of allergic sensitization (a condition called atopy)," according to Maninder Kalra, M.D., a physician and researcher in pulmonary medicine at Cincinnati Children's and who is also a corresponding author of this study.


The researchers in this study looked at 681 children that were an average age of 12 months old.  Researchers found that if one of the parents snored more than three times per week, the children also had three times more of a chance of snoring themselves.  If the parents did not snore that much the children had less occurrence of snoring themselves.

Children that had allergic tendencies called atopy were two times more often would snore at lease three or more times a week compared to children that did not test positive for atopy.

This study looked at young infants, compared to older children and adults that have snoring problems.  Snoring in both adults and children can cause behavioral problems, cognitive deficits, cardiovascular, and metabolic problems.  If your child snores it could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.  Breathing can be blocked when sleeping and can cause a child to snore.  Doctors can conduct a sleep study to determine if the snoring is related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea.


"More than 40 million children in the western world have allergies. In addition, the incidence of allergy-related respiratory diseases is rising. Although previous studies have shown that having a history of allergic respiratory disease is a risk factor for obstructive sleep-disordered breathing, the association between atopy and habitual snoring in young children had not been studied," Dr. Kalra said.

"Now that we know how prevalent snoring is in children this young and that it is more common in children with positive atopic status, parents and health care professionals can take appropriate action," Dr. Kalra said.


The researchers intend to continue to monitor these children in this study through the age of 5 to see if the child’s snoring gets better, worse or stay the same.

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