Bedwetting | Symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing
Does your child suffer from bedwetting?
For the first few years of childhood, bedwetting can be a normal and common occurrence. But, what if it continues beyond that? If the problem persists after about age 6, it could be caused by sleep disordered breathing.
Sleep disordered breathing makes it harder for a child to achieve deep sleep. During deep sleep, the body produces a hormone that decreases bladder production. If this hormone isn’t produced the body continues to produce urine, making the need to urinate greater and may result in bedwetting.
Sleep disordered breathing, or a restricted airway makes it difficult for the child to breathe at night and the body suffers from it. If a child does not sleep well at night the heart rate will stay elevated and keep the body’s blood pressure elevated. The body tries to lower its blood pressure by eliminating fluids, which leads to an increased need to urinate.
Lastly, when a child suffers from sleep-disordered breathing the brain does not function properly and receives less oxygen. This causes the body to behave in a “fight or flight” mode, and the body reacts by eliminating fluids.
If your child is experiencing symptoms such as excessive snoring or mouth breathing, excessive daytime drowsiness, or inability to focus contact Breathing and Sleep Center. We can help get to the root of your child’s bedwetting and hopefully eliminate it for good.