When children transition to potty-training, there are bound to be some accidents along the way. That’s expected when they move away from diapers and move toward the bathroom. They are busy playing and forget about it until it’s too late. They drink too much at lunch and it hits them too fast. But when nighttime bedwetting moves beyond the occasional accident, there could be a lot more going on with your child.
Sleep apnea affects children too
Most children who wet the bed have no medical reason for doing so. There are, however, a category of children who begin bedwetting after developing sleep disorders.
The most common sleep disorder associated with soiling the bed is sleep apnea. This condition blocks air from getting from the nose and mouth, to the lungs while you sleep. There is a prevalent link showing children with sleep apnea are at an increased risk for nighttime wetting, more so than children not suffering from any sleep problems.
Restful sleep can help with bedwetting and more
Children disturbed with sleep apnea do not get restful sleep. Therefore, when they are in a sleep state, it takes them longer to be fully aware and it decreases their response time. It prevents them from waking up when their bladders are full and they end up wetting the bed. Additionally, the breathing disorder puts excess pressure on the bladder and can contribute to an increase in urine production.
On top of bedwetting, children with sleep apnea are less adept at concentrating, paying attention and remembering. Because of this they can be improperly diagnosed with a learning disorder or ADHD. If the sleep deprivation they experience due to sleep apnea affects their moods, they can also be misdiagnosed with depression or other mental illnesses.
Let us know about your sleep problems and find out how we can help you with simple treatments such as orthotics, snoring devices, and orthodontic options. Schedule a free 15 minute sleep disorder consultation with Dr. Westman.