Does Your Child Wet the Bed?
Bed wetting or enuresis is a major and embarrassing issue for kids, but it is actually quite common. 5 to 7 million children experience wetting their bed. 15% of them wet their bed by the age of 5 while only 5% of kids do when they reach the age of 8 to 11.
What Causes Enuresis in Children?
Bed wetting can be a symptom of an underlying disease. It does not mean that the child is doing it on purpose or he is lazy to go to the bathroom and pee. It can be caused by one or combination of:
- Cannot hold the urine for the whole night.
- Does not wake up when the bladder is full.
- Produces a large amount of urine while sleeping.
- Has poor daytime toilet habits.
- Suffering from urinary tract infection or diabetes
- Abnormalities in the nervous system
- Experiencing emotional problems
- Breathing difficulties from sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea Leads to Bed Wetting
One of the most common causes of bed wetting is sleep apnea. Since your child is experiencing difficulties in breathing during a sleep apnea episode, the brain works harder to take in oxygen in the body than it does in controlling other functions such as urine control. During a sleep apnea episode, the oxygen level in the blood decreases while the carbon dioxide levels increase, making the blood more acidic. This results in a drop in the heart rate and contraction of the lung’s blood vessel. Once this happens, an alert tells the brain to signal the body to reopen the airways. The heart also sends a false alert to eliminate sodium and water by urinating, which results in bedwetting. If your child has started to wet the bed, there is a reason behind it. Read the articles here to learn more about bedwetting.