Breathing problems and bed wetting
Breathing problems are to blame for many cases of bed wetting in children, and perhaps even in some adults too. And a simple treatment might solve the problem.
Nobody quite understands how airway obstructions could lead to bed-wetting, but there are several theories. One is that breathing problems create a physical pressure in the abdomen that stimulates urination. Another is that the breathing problems lead to low blood oxygen concentrations, which in turn could affect levels of hormones involved in urine production, such as antidiuretic hormone (ADH).Bed wetting affects as many as one in 10 six-year-olds. While it usually resolves over time, some parents resort to medical treatments, such as a drug that inhibits urine production, or alarms that rouse the sleeper immediately wetness is detected. But this is just treating the symptom, not the cause. In the past, bed wetting has been blamed on everything from drinking too much liquid to stress or even child abuse. Doctors evaluating children with bed wetting problems should now examine their airways and ask about how they sleep and whether they snore in addition to looking at other possible causes. Identifying the proper cause is important. If breathing problems are to blame, they could have more serious consequences than bed wetting, such as problems at school, headaches and hyperactivity. And it is not just children who could benefit, evidence suggests that some adults with breathing problems such as sleep apnoea also wet their beds.
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