Your child just started kindergarten or worse is already in middle school and is still wetting the bed. The shame, embarrassment, missing out on sleepovers and making close friends is unbearable. Couple that with the exhaustion from waking up during the night, changing the sheets, a mountain of laundry and the expense of diapers and I bet you are at your wits end! I hear you! There is a solution!
First, let me say, “IT IS NOT YOUR CHILD’S FAULT.”
There are numerous causes of bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis such as urinary tract infections, a small bladder, diabetes, neurological problems, emotional stress, constipation and sleep apnea. I am going to focus on breathing.
Bedwetting is often a sign of an airway issue or more specifically Sleep Disordered Breathing. Sleep disordered breathing is any abnormal breathing pattern that occurs during sleep. This can include mouth breathing, snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep disordered breathing is not always easy to detect.
Snoring is definitely a red flag and a serious problem. Other less obvious things to look out for are audible breathing, drooling, nightmares, restless sleep, excessive sweating, sleepwalking, teeth grinding, difficulty waking, chapped lips, dark circles under the eyes, a narrow face and crooked teeth.