By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Babies and toddlers who snore, gasp for breath at night, or breathe with their mouths open in their sleep are more likely to have behavioral problems later, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found.

The longitudinal study is following 8,000 British children based on surveys filled out by their parents.  So far has found that at ages 4 and 7 the children with "sleep-disordered breathing" exhibit behavioral issues from hyperactivity to social problems and emotional issues at a higher rate--50 percent higher at age 7--than children who do not have the disordered breathing.

Image: Sleeping child, via Shutterstock.

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