The Impact of Non-nutritive Sucking on the Risk for Sleep-disordered Breathing in Children

Tanya Al-Talib, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
L. D. Koroluk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
W. F. Vann Jr., University of North Carolina
C. Phillips, University of North Carolina


Purpose: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is not uncommon in children. The purposes of this study were to investigate the relationship between non-nutritive sucking (NNS) and the risk of SDB in children as well as assess the effect of infant feeding practices on SDB. Methods: Eighty-four healthy four- to 12-year-old children were categorized either as high or low risk for SDB based on the Pediatric Sleep Questionnaire (PSQ). NNS and feeding practices were determined using a customized caregiver questionnaire. Results: (see full text for complete abstract)