Prevalence of upper respiratory tract infections in habitually snoring and mouth breathing children INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY Kukwa, W., Guilleminault, C., Tomaszewska, M., Kukwa, A., Krzeski, A., Migacz, E. 2018; 107: 37–41


The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence of upper respiratory tract infections (URI) - as indicated by rhinosinusitis (RS), ear infections (EI), and antibiotic consumption - in a general pediatric population and evaluate the relationship between these conditions and habitual snoring and mouth breathing during sleep.A population-based cross-sectional study was performed in three medium-sized Polish cities from 2011 to 2015.4837/6963 questionnaires (69.5%) were completed, returned and analyzed. Mean age of studied group was 7.07?±?0.72 and 7.14?±?0.73 in girls and boys, respectively. Habitual mouth breathing during sleep (MB) was reported in 907 (18.7%) children and habitual snoring (HS) in 290 (6.0%). 230/290 (79.3%) of children with HS were also MB. Both HS and MB were more prevalent in boys than in girls (p?=?0.027 and p?

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