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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Tracey | 2004/01/11

Q.

bedwetting and irregular breathing

My daughter is 8 years old and still wets her bed but only wakes up later when it worries her. she sleeps very heavily and can't be woken to take to the toilet. She has 2 regular breaths and then appears not to breathe. When she does resume breathing (after about an 8 second break) she gasps and snores. She sleeps with her mouth open. She had her adenoids removed when she was 18 months. She sometimes wakes with a headache and during the morning lacks energy. She also suffers with travel sickness mainly in the morning. I wondered if the bedwetting was a problem as she can'g seem to wake herself due to disturbed sleep? What could be the problem?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

What you describe sounds like obstructive sleep apnoea and this may well be responsible for poor sleep and may even explain the bed wetting. The severity of this needs to be evaluated by your paediatrician or ENT surgeon, who will decide on the appropriate treatment.

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