Bed-wetting, Being Overweight Linked to Sleep Apnea in Kids

Kim Conte
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sleep apnea in kidsSleep apnea—when a child pauses in breathing during sleep—can be terrifying, as some CafeMoms have experienced firsthand.

Now, a new study suggests that children who are both overweight and wet the bed at night may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Experts recommend that pediatricians should check for sleep apnea in overweight children who wet the bed—"especially when they display other symptoms of OSA or fail to respond to standard bed-wetting treatment programs."

Sleep apnea in children should not be taken lightly. It can lead to daytime attentional and behavioral problems, and, in some extreme instances, even death. If you think your child has sleep apnea, consult your pediatrician immediately.

CafeMoms of children with sleep apnea said their pediatricians recommended the following to diagnose and treat the disorder:

  • Sleep studies to determine if it is, in fact, sleep apnea or something else (like acid reflux or allergies).
  • Apnea monitors that sound an alarm if the child stops breathing.
  • Surgery to remove enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

Have you ever had to deal with sleep apnea in your children?

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