A new study shows that many parents of children who snore are not aware of the possible health risks and how it affects the quality of life if snoring becomes frequent. The research notes that when snoring becomes persistent the child experiences sleep apnea, which can lead to daytime sleepiness, learning difficulties, poor concentration, delayed growth and bed-wetting, Medical News Daily reported.

“Children with persistent snoring often have a reduced quality of life. In particular, this applies to children who have sleep apnea,” says Gunnhildur Gudnadottir, a researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy, in a release. “The study shows that awareness is low regarding the negative effects of breathing disturbances during sleep on children’s health and that most parents are not aware that this is something that should be investigated. An obvious result of the study is that we must consider how parents are given information about the condition and where they can seek help.”