Tonsil removal could improve behaviour

July 20, 2009 4:47:42 PM PDT
New research shows there are long-term behavioral benefits for some children who have had their tonsils removed.

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Researchers at the University of Kansas conducted follow-up studies on children who had their tonsils and adenoids removed for sleep-related breathing disorders. They found the kids not only slept better after two years, but they also benefitted from a reduction in hyperactivity and inattention.

Enlarged tonsils that cause sleep problems are thought to be at the root of many childhood behavior problems.

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