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If our child feels tired every morning, despite having slept the recommended hours, he may be falling victim to sleep apnea. It is called thus cessation of breathing during sleep, which usually lasts 10 seconds or more. The throat muscles relax and obstruct the passage of air, causing loud snoring and labored breathing, which prevents entering deeper stages of sleep, causing symptoms of drowsiness during the day.
We explain what relationship exists between sleep apnea and childhood enuresis.
10 percent of children snore, and this data led the experts to investigate whether there was some kind of link between apnea and enuresis. His studies showed that 41 percent of children who snored also wet the bed. The relationship between snoring, apnea and enuresis is explained by the fact that children do not rest well while sleeping and therefore have a poor response to having to get up when the bladder is full.
On the other hand, a recent study has pointed to enuresis as one of the main causes of obstructive sleep apnea (AOS). Infant incontinence has been shown to increase the probability of suffering from this nocturnal respiratory problem by more than five times.
The study was carried out in a group of 149 children between 5 and 15 years old with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) and 139 healthy children. Their medical records were compared in terms of age, gender, height and weight, the frequency of enuresis, diabetes, nasal allergies, and enlarged tonsils. The team in charge of the investigation determined a significant association between enuresis and OSA (sleep apnea), in addition to pointing to being overweight as another of the main causes.
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