Child Sleep Apnea & Bedwetting – Las Vegas, NV
Give Your Child the Nighttime Rest They Deserve
Some causes of childhood bedwetting are more dangerous than others. Case in point, frequently finding damp spots on your child’s sheets could be a sign that they’re suffering from sleep apnea. Needless to say, the problem goes beyond just bedwetting; if sleep apnea is keeping your child from getting quality rest, it could hurt their development as well as their long-term health. Thus, to stop the disorder and prevent existing symptoms from growing worse, it’s important to recognize bedwetting and other potential symptoms of sleep apnea so that you can get in touch with Dr. West at iSleep Solutions as soon as possible to discuss your next steps for diagnosing and treating the problem.
What are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?
If your child’s breathing is repeatedly being interrupted during the night because of an obstruction in their airway, you’re likely to notice the following issues in their everyday life:
One in six children between the ages of 4 and 12 frequently wet the bed. Naturally, this problem can be linked to a number of factors such as a small bladder, a hormone imbalance, or diabetes. However, it could also be caused by the imbalance of oxygen that results from the airway becoming blocked. It’s essential that you rule out sleep apnea as a possibility before attributing bedwetting to something more benign.
Your child will be involuntarily pulled out of the sleep cycle multiple times a night during sleep apnea, and as a result they won’t get enough rest. This can lead to behavioral problems that are easily mistaken for signs of ADD or ADHD.
A lack of oxygen usually triggers a “fight or flight” response in the body. As part of this reaction, your child may begin experiencing intense nightmares or night terrors, leading to restless sleep. Sometimes they might even wake up in a panic while screaming. If your child is suffering from nightmares more often than usual, it’s essential to have them checked for sleep apnea as soon as you can.
Call us right away if you notice the above symptoms; the sooner we can address your child’s sleep apnea, the better.
What If My Child is Breathing Through Their Mouth?
Do you notice that your child breathes through their mouth whenever they sleep? This can be more dangerous than you think. Mouth breathing often leads to problems such as:
- A constricted airway that disrupts their breathing
- Speech problems and improper swallowing
- Orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth and misaligned jaws, or the disruption of an existing orthodontic treatment
- The enlargement and inflammation of tonsils
Many studies have found that mouth breathing can also induce sleep apnea or else make an existing sleep disorder worse. This is because breathing through the mouth makes the airway more likely to collapse and increases nasal resistance. If you see your child breathing through their mouth on a regular basis, let us know; it could affect the course of their treatment.