Asthma Prevalence High in Children Who Snore

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asthmaISLAMABAD - Preschool children who regularly snore are more likely to have asthma and nocturnal cough than those who do not snore, according to the results of a study published in the August issue of Chest.

Dr. Jennifer K. Peat, of the University of Sydney, Australia, and colleagues measured the prevalence of habitual snoring and other respiratory conditions in preschool children between the ages of two and five years old. Nine hundred seventy-four children were included in the study.

Fifty-four of 516 boys (10.5%) and 48 of 458 girls (10.5%) were snorers on at least four nights per week. No association between snoring and age was observed.

However, children who snored were twice as like to have asthma than those who did not snore. This association remained highly significant even in children without hay fever, the team reports.

Children who snored were also more than three times as likely to also experience nocturnal cough compared with nonsnorers. This relationship was seen for both asthmatic and nonasthmatic patients when evaluated separately.

"Because snoring, asthma, and nocturnal cough may have a common (origin), it is possible that effective treatment of one symptom may lead to reductions in the presence or severity of the other symptoms," Peat and colleagues suggest.

However, they say, "Before any treatment options can be recommended, it is important that experimental studies to test the efficacy of different treatment combinations in this age group are undertaken."

source - Pak Tribune