If you regularly hear your toddler snoring at night you should be prepared for a host of other types of disturbances during their waking hours.

That’s because a new study of 249 mothers with young children has found that kids between two and three who snore loudly more than twice a week are more likely to develop behavioral problems.

The research, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, specifically linked the snoring to hyperactivity, inattention and depression.

Dr. Dean Beebe, the neuropsychologist who authored the study, also found that about one in 10 toddlers becomes a problem snorer and he encourages any parent who thinks their child’s night breathing is abnormal to consult with the family doctor.

“A lot of kids snore every so often, and cartoons make snoring look cute or funny,” Beebe explaiend. “But loud snoring that lasts for months is not normal, and anything that puts young kids at that much risk for behavioural problems is neither cute nor funny.”

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